Genitron’s SkyLINK and ShortLINK radio systems help
carry out safety monitoring system upgrades
Monitoring system upgrade in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (Ukraine)
With the help of the European Union’s Tacis programme
the SSSIE EcoCentre, the State Specialized Scientific and
Industrial Enterprise, located in Kiev (Ukraine) is upgrading
the automated monitoring system around Chernobyl’s
30 km Exclusion Zone. The contract awarded in December 2005
to the consortium of Ukratom Instruments of Ukraine and Genitron
Instruments covered a complete overhaul involving the use
of 39 new GammaTRACER radio dose rate sensors, 9 new aerosol
samplers and the SkyLINK radio system to replace an old wire
communication system. A software application for dispersion
modeling was also used.
Genitron provides the complete data management system into
which data from the other sensors are also integrated,
including a meteorological station supplied by Genitron.
Tests were performed at Genitron during August 2006. Twenty-one
system probes of were installed at the Chernobyl site in
December 2006. The complete project was finalized in June
2007. Even probes installed behind the shielded sarcophagus
give good reception even at a distance 16 km distance.
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Contact: SSSIE EcoCentre, Dr. Oleg Bondarenko,
Photo: Factory Acceptance Test with SSSIE and Ukratom
Instruments at Genitron, Frankfurt, August 2006
The VKTA Nuclear Research Center in Dresden
(Germany) does a system upgrade suing ShortLINK
In the GammaTRACER reference brochure a
complimentary letter can be found dating back as far as 1994.
Ever since then, German company VKTA (Nuclear Technical Procedures
and Analysis), based in Dresden, has been using the GammaTRACER probe with infrared readout. In autumn 2006, a contract was
signed for the upgrading of the safety using Genitron’s
ShortLINK radio system. This was chosen to provide a more
flexible and comfortable use of a number of applications
that VKTA carries out. The new system was installed in December
Contact: VKTA Verein für Kernverfahrenstechnik
und Analytik, Rossendorf e.V., Dresden, Dr. Andreas Beutmann,
The modernization of the environmental monitoring
systems at Forsmark, Ringhals and OKG NPPs (Sweden) using
New regulations for emergency management
systems brought in by the Swedish SSI (the national safety
institute) for Sweden’s nuclear power plants lead to
the installation of Genitron’s GammaTRACER / ShortLINK radio systems. For the different threat categories plants
are obliged to install monitors in premises that may be manned
in an emergency situation for a prolonged time, in the reactor
containment area and in chimneys or exhaust pathways. This
is done in order to measure radiation levels that might occur
in the event of severe damage to fuel systems. Equally, the
measurement of external radiation outdoors has to be assured
within the facility area and in close proximity to the plant.
For applications where fixed and mobile stations around
the complete land space are required, the GammaTRACER autonomous
probe concept working alongside the proprietary ShortLINK radio system turned out to be the ideal solution for covering
these requirements in a cost-efficient and timely manner.
According to the users, in practice a wired approach could
not have been realized within the short time frame imposed
by the SSI. Although official contracts were only received
during October 2006, Genitron managed to fulfill all requirements
for operational systems based on user allocated frequencies
before the end of December, which was required by the regulations.
The installations consist mostly of fixed but also flexibly
handled probe set-ups within the 5 km range around each individual
Factory Acceptance Tests and training for the three plants
had taken place at the end of November, followed by site
installations in December 2006. At Forsmark 7 GammaTRACER radio probes were installed, at Ringhals 8 and at OKG 11.
They were installed on December 2006. The latter contract
was awarded to Genitron’s French mother company Saphymo.
Ringhals AB, SE-430 22 Väröbacka, phone: 0046-340-66
88 18, Mr. Lars Ekengren, Project Manager, e-mail: email@example.com
Forsmarks Kraftgrupp AB, SE-74203 Östhammar, Mr. Richard
Gliegel, Project Manager, phone 0046-173-82557,
OKG Aktiebolag, SE-572 83 Oskarshamn, Mr.
Bo Nilsson, Project Manager, phone: 0046-491-78 61 95, e-mail:
Factory Acceptance Test with Ringhals NPP,
FAT with OKG at Genitron, Dec. 2006