Enrico Fermi Nuclear Power Plant Collection

Biographical / Historical Note

In 1955, an association of twenty regional power and industrial companies led by the Detroit Edison Company created a non-profit research-and-development company, the Atomic Power Development Association (APDA), to develop the initial proposal for a fast-breeder...

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In 1955, an association of twenty regional power and industrial companies led by the Detroit Edison Company created a non-profit research-and-development company, the Atomic Power Development Association (APDA), to develop the initial proposal for a fast-breeder nuclear reactor in Michigan. Later in 1955, the APDA chartered the Power Reactor Development Company (PRDC) to design, construct, and operate the Enrico Fermi Atomic Power Plant, Unit I after federal approval of the APDA's proposal. Plant staffing included executives, managers, and technicians drawn from member companies with the bulk of employees transferred from Detroit Edison operations. Fermi I, built on the southwest shore of Lake Erie outside Detroit, Michigan, was one of the largest fast-breeder reactors in the world when construction was completed in 1960. The original design of the Fermi reactor allowed for power generating capabilities up to 430 megawatts although the plant never operated above 200 megawatts. As one of the earliest nuclear powered generating facilities in United States, the Fermi I plant construction and design process laid the ground work for subsequent nuclear power technology development through the 1970s. Fermi I was decommissioned in 1975.

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Scope and Content Note

The Enrico Fermi Atomic Power Plant records consists of two series. The Operations and Procedures series, 1956-1974 (2.5 cubic ft.), contains power plant and core design schematics, operating reports, manuals, and procedures binders. The procedures...

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The Enrico Fermi Atomic Power Plant records consists of two series. The Operations and Procedures series, 1956-1974 (2.5 cubic ft.), contains power plant and core design schematics, operating reports, manuals, and procedures binders. The procedures manuals cover pre-operational processes, plant facilities, and emergency shut down steps. The Technical Reports series, 1952-1975 (3.5 cubic ft.), contains summary reports, test data, fuel pin development records, and supplier information. Of special note are analysis test reports and summaries that address the investigation and impact of the partial core meltdown that occurred at the Fermi I reactor in October, 1966. The original collection included several reactor fuel core sub-assemblies containing depleted, non-radioactive, uranium. The fuel sub-assemblies were deaccessioned in 2001 and donated to the Argonne National Laboratory-West, in Scoville Idaho, a U. S. government nuclear fuel training facility.

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Collection Details

Object ID: 75.2.7.0
Creator: Detroit Edison Company 
Inclusive Dates: 1952-1975
Size: 6 cubic ft.
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Benson Ford Research Center

Access Restrictions: The records are open for research.

Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Power Reactor Development Company

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Booklet, "Enrico Fermi Atomic Power Plant: Master Plan for a Large Fast Breeder Reactor," 1970

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Booklet, "Enrico Fermi Atomic Power Plant: Master Plan for a Large Fast Breeder Reactor," 1970

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Booklet

Date Made

31 December 1970

Object ID

75.2.7.4

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Power Reactor Development Company

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Booklet, "Enrico Fermi Atomic Power Plant: Master Plan for a Large Fast Breeder Reactor," 1970

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Brochure, "Dr. Enrico Fermi, 1901-1954," circa 1960

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Brochure, "Dr. Enrico Fermi, 1901-1954," circa 1960

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Brochure

Date Made

circa 1960

Object ID

75.2.7.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Power Reactor Development Company

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Brochure, "Dr. Enrico Fermi, 1901-1954," circa 1960

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Program, "Inaugural Ceremonies of the Enrico Fermi Atomic Power Plant," August 8, 1956

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Program, "Inaugural Ceremonies of the Enrico Fermi Atomic Power Plant," August 8, 1956

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Program (Document)

Object ID

75.2.7.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Power Reactor Development Company

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Program, "Inaugural Ceremonies of the Enrico Fermi Atomic Power Plant," August 8, 1956

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Report, "Enrico Fermi Atomic Power Plant Unit 1," circa 1971

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Report, "Enrico Fermi Atomic Power Plant Unit 1," circa 1971

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Booklet

Date Made

1971

Object ID

75.2.7.3

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Power Reactor Development Company

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Report, "Enrico Fermi Atomic Power Plant Unit 1," circa 1971

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