The digital instrumentation and control (I&C) system for nuclear power plants in China, developed jointly by Mitsubishi Electric and China Techenergy Corp., went into commercial operations.
The system is installed in the first unit of the Fujian Ningde nuclear power plant constructed by China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Co., Ltd. (CGNPC), and is the first of 14 digital I&C systems for which Mitsubishi Electric and CTEC received orders in July 2007 as part of the first commercial collaboration between China and Japan in the field of nuclear power.
The digital I&C system enables overall control and monitoring of the nuclear power plant for safe operation and efficient power generation. The system comprises a main board for controlling plant operations, non-safety control cabinets, safety-protection cabinets and related software equipped in each cabinet.
Mitsubishi Electric and CTEC carried out designing, assembly and testing. The system was delivered in January 2011.
Nuclear power capacity in China is expected to increase from 13 GW at present to 58 GW by 2020, and then 200 GW by 2030. More than 60 new nuclear power plants are planned to be operating by midcentury.