Nuclear power plants present specific risks as they all contain varying amounts of radioactive products that can cause human or environmental exposure to ionising radiation and its effects. In order to use nuclear technologies safely and efficiently, it is essential to be able to use reliable measuring and monitoring instruments (pressure transmitters, flow meters, level meters) and radiation monitoring instruments (dose rate meter, personal dosimeters).
These radiation detection and survey devices help to work out processes, limit operating risks and increase the economic value of the nuclear plants.
Nuclear power plants obtain heat from nuclear fission of uranium. The heat is transferred to steam which then operates a steam turbine to generate electricity.
Nuclear power plants can provide a large amount of electricity without emitting carbon during their operation. In addition, nuclear fuel can be reused after reprocessing. For these reasons, nuclear energy is today an important source of energy. However, the use of radioactive materials requires special precautions as radiation can cause serious effects on humans and the environment. The storage of radioactive waste remains a major issue.