Equipment inside both of Exelon Generation's Byron Station's cooling towers is getting an upgrade.
The project will take a year to complete and will consist of the replacement of the towers' water filters, which are used for cooling. The filters are currently clogged with silt and debris, slowing the water cooling process. The towers cool river water that is used in the part of the facility that produces electricity. There is separate cooling equipment for the facility's reactors.
Work will be carried out during the plant's planned fall and spring refueling outages. Fifty portable water-cooling units are staged around the base of the Unit 2 tower to provide additional cooling during a portion of project. Water vapor will be emitted from the portable cooling units and station staff will determine if that vapor will have a visual effect on motorists using German Church Road. If so, caution signs will be installed.
"This overhaul will aid the station in providing the carbon-free electricity our customers need, which is especially important during this hot summer," Byron Station Site Vice President Tim Tulon said.
The Byron Generating Station is located about 25 miles southwest of Rockford, in Ogle County and produces enough electricity for 2.3 million homes a day when both units are at full power.
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