Axpo Power AG
Internship: Implementation of Online Risk Monitor
Department: Safety Department, Leibstadt NPP, Leibstadt, Switzerland
Axpo is driven by a single purpose – to enable a sustainable future through innovative energy solutions. As Switzerland's largest producer of renewable and nuclear energy and an international leader in energy trading and the marketing of solar and wind power, we combine the experience and expertise of more than 5000 employees driven by a passion for innovation, collaboration and impactful change. Through cutting-edge technologies, we innovate to meet the evolving needs of our customers in over 30 countries across Europe, the US and Asia.
Safety of nuclear power plants is determined quantitatively by comprehensive Probabilistic Risk Analysis (PRA) models. At Leibstadt nuclear power plant (BWR/6), one of the worldwide most detailed PRA models has been developed over the last couple of decades. In addition to appraisal of plant's safety, quantification of key safety/risk indicators – such as Core Damage Frequency (CDF) – allows, among other applications, for risk-informed optimizations of maintenance / inspection activities.
Nowadays, PRA insights get increasingly integrated into plant's operation and decision-making processes, therefore many operators – in line with safety-oriented mindset – move towards real-time risk monitors. The goal of the internship project is two-fold: (i) to extend the existing model for compilation into online risk monitor software (i.e. RiskSpectrum RiskWatcher), (ii) to set up a configuration interface in RiskSpectrum RiskWatcher for representation of online availability status of safety systems.
- Passion for quantitative and data-driven tasks
- Programming skills (e.g. Ruby, Python, R)
- Sound background on nuclear safety/technology concepts
- Interest in combining nuclear engineering knowledge with data analytics
- Solution-oriented mindset
You will have the opportunity to work alongside nuclear experts and apply your academic and research background in real industrial applications. In this project you will have the opportunity to work at the Leibstadt nuclear power plant. The duration of the project is restricted to a 3-months summer internship.
Axpo Power AG offers 12 internship proposals for the Summer 2023.
Please, apply via email to Dr. Dionysios Chionis (email@example.com) until 28.02.2023 by submitting:
- your CV,
- a short motivation letter,
- your Master program grades (1st semester at EPFL), and
- a list of the Axpo internship proposals that you are interested in.