August 11, 2014 - Innovation has been the cornerstone of Westinghouse Electric Company since it was founded by George Westinghouse in 1886. In our 128-year history, the company has been responsible for some of the world’s greatest technological and nuclear achievements, including:
- AC power: Westinghouse’s alternating current (AC) system, refined by Nikola Tesla, transmitted electricity efficiently over long distances
- Industry’s first, and world’s largest, atom smasher: Built in Forest Hills, Pa. (USA), this atom smasher was designed to study nuclear physics
- Participation in first nuclear-powered submarine, the U.S.S. Nautilus: A Westinghouse S2W naval reactor put nuclear propulsion into action
- Leading commercial nuclear technology: The world’s first large-scale commercial nuclear power plant was built in Shippingport, Pa. (USA), and powered by a Westinghouse pressurized water reactor. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants
- AP1000® nuclear power plant: Westinghouse continues to lead the commercial nuclear industry with the AP1000 nuclear power plant – the only Generation III+ reactor to receive Design Certification from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Eight AP1000 units are under construction around the globe: four each in the United States and in China. And more are planned
Innovation continues to be driving force for Westinghouse, which is why we’ve named our new blog, Nuclear Innovations. We’re excited to roll out this new communications channel as a way to share additional information about Westinghouse, and our innovative products, services, programs and people.
Look for this page to be updated regularly and feature industry and company insights from various global leaders within Westinghouse.