IAC started primarily in the nuclear industry and has since expanded into the broader energy sector. Through close relationships with well known US experts and engineering service firms, we work with Japanese energy clients to analyze and implement improvements to operations, maintenance and regulations.
Efforts have been concentrated on many issues in the nuclear and non-nuclear energy industries, such as:
- Electron Beam
- Outage reduction, risk-based management, fuel cycle cost reduction, and operation/maintenance efficiencies
- Technical research on nuclear power plant cost reduction
- Consultation to assist utilities in adopting new condition monitoring technologies and preventive maintenance optimization methods
- US utility procurement practices which form the basis of international standard bidding systems
- Strategic consulting for business decision-making
- Weekly and monthly information updates
- Procurement decision support
- Online computer nuclear/regulatory database
As of 2007, IAC has created an innovative resource in Japan of senior nuclear engineers, operators and Ph.D.’s who serve IAC clients exclusively as an advisory/consulting panel of experts for a number of specific technical issues. This valuable repository of experience, which we call our “Think Tank” is comprised of recently-retired and very senior executives and engineers who share their professional know-how with our clients on a project-by-project basis. Their expertise in Japan includes, but is not limited to, some of the following areas:
- Reactor core and system design
- Heavy water reactor design
- Radiation shielding design
- LWT system design
- LWR component seismic design
- FBR system design
- BWR operator education
- PWR design and seismic design
- Multiple nuclear system engineering
- Reactor chemistry
- Safety design and operation issues
- Nuclear vendor issues
NON-NUCLEAR ENERGY PROJECTS
- Distributed Generation: Current Trends and Future Prospects:
On behalf of our client, IAC investigated the activity status and performance of various public-private DG projects in the U.S., including fuel cells, microturbines, solar power, reciprocating gas engines, and combined heat and power (CHP). The study included a detailed survey of both successful and unsuccessful DG programs and case studies in the U.S. and an analysis of key players, technologies, policies and strategies.
- Aftermarket Services for Gas and Steam Turbine Maintenance- U.S. Business Development:
IAC developed a strategic business and marketing plan for our client, a major multinational engineering company, regarding opportunities to extend its gas and steam turbine aftermarket services in the U.S. As part of this effort, IAC identified and short-listed potential customers, channel partners and bidding opportunities.
- Restructuring Electricity Markets- ERCOT Control Area:
Our client, a Japanese utility, requested an analysis of the process of deregulation and restructuring of electricity markets monitored by the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). IAC researched the legislative process and transition to the new competitive environment in Texas and its implications for key stakeholders within the ERCOT reliability region.