Thirty eight applications were submitted to the 25th Hungarian Innovation Grand Prize announced by the Hungarian Innovation Foundation, out of which winners were announced in seven categories. József Pálinkás, the President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Bureau and the Chair of the Evaluation Committee, emphasized that the winners have been selected from valuable novelties, for smart innovations resulting in economic profit.
The Evaluation Committee, consisting of scientists and recognized economic experts, selected the most significant last year innovations, including the 15-month operating cycle (C15) introduced at the Paks Nuclear Power Plant, primarily on the basis of the economic factors, the surplus result achieved, the surplus sales revenue and the social usefulness.
In consequence of the C15, the Paks Nuclear Power Plant reached again a record performance in 2016, the electricity of 16 053,9 GWh totally produced at the four units represents 51,3% of the domestic production, furthermore the Unit 3 was operated with a load factor of 100% which, among the 23 VVER reactor units operating in the world, is unexampled. On account of introduction of the innovation, the operating period of the nuclear power plant is averagely annually 26 days longer which means a significant economic benefit, its impact on the annual-level financial result is 3 billion HUF.
The introduction of the 15-month cycle results in numerous advantages from the point of view of the safety, as well. Proportionally to reduction in the quantity of outage works, also the total value of radiation exposure of employees working in the NPP significantly decreases, and also the number of failures originating from the maintenance risk continues to decrease.
Further improvement of the sustainability, environment pressure factors is also extraordinarily important. The quantity of spent fuel averagely decreases with 3%, and a significant decrease occurs in the quantity of the low and medium level radioactive wastes, as well as of the non-radioactive wastes generated during the outages.