A global industry including the Nuclear, Fossil Fuel, and Green Alternative Energy sectors, where safety and minimising downtime is critical and the extension of the lifetime of structures and asset management is key in the management of the safety of these common place assets.
Currently, there are 440 nuclear reactors in operation in some 30 countries around the world and the UK alone generates 20% of its electricity from a nuclear source (2020) rendering Nuclear a critical sector not only as a supplier of energy but also for employees, society and the environment at large. Regular inspections and stringent adherence to testing standards can significantly reduce or even eliminate the likelihood of a major accident, where the large, if not global, scale of consequences can be severe.
The core driver of NDT applications throughout the energy and power industry is to ensure the safety and integrity; key areas of focus are reliability of plant equipment, such as pressure vessels, boilers, heat exchangers, turbines, pipework, and pipelines to meet regulatory standards and to deliver inspection results and data inline with asset owners maintenance and inspection plans.
The renewable energy industry is continuously growing, especially with the increased integration of renewable solutions in other industries and domestically. This growth naturally poses additional compliance and security challenges. These challenges involve specific methods of non-destructive testing, equipment and probes, adapted to the new materials in use, such as fibreglass, and complex geometry structures e.g. wind turbine blades and turbine towers.