EPRI honors FirstEnergy employee with Technology Transfer award

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently honored Jim Amundsen with a Technology Transfer award for his efforts to improve industry equipment reliability.

Amundsen, who serves as FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company’s (FENOC) supervisor of component and material testing, received the annual award for his successful development of beneficial technology solutions.

"Continually seeking and implementing improved technology, methodology and processes reflects the nuclear industry's commitment to safe, reliable operations,"  Jim Lash, president of FirstEnergy Generation, said. "I commend Jim for his leadership, drive and commitment to excellence."

Amundsen led a team to improve the reliability of circuit cards via new maintenance methods, which include a monitoring program that helps identify manufacturing defects in new components. These new practices are to also provide future maintenance cost savings for the company.

"I am very proud of the contributions of Jim and his team, which support our goal of safe, reliable and efficient operation of our nuclear power plants," FENOC President and Chief Nuclear Officer Sam Belcher said. "These efforts help to ensure our facilities and their equipment remain in top operating condition to provide the power needed by our communities and customers."

A 33-year FirstEnergy employee, Amundsen oversees the component and material testing group at FirstEnergy's BETA Lab in Mayfield, Ohio. Amundsen’s team conducts an array of analytical, testing and instrumentation calibration and repair services for FirstEnergy and other companies.

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