NEA 2016 – Preparing for new reactor development

On May 24, 2016 during the afternoon session of the Nuclear Energy Assembly, there was a panel discussion on the topic of preparing for new reactor development.

NEI’s Chief Operating Officer, Maria Korsnick, moderated the panel. Other participants included

  • Jacob DeWitt, CEO and co-founder of Oklo, a start-up company with a design for a 2 MWe nuclear generator designed for remote power applications where diesel generators are the only available option
  • John Hopkins, CEO of NuScale Power, a maturing start-up company that will be submitting its design certification application for its 50 MWe NuScale module by the end of this year
  • Stephen Kuczynski, CEO of Southern Nuclear, a company with six large operating reactors and two more under construction at Plant Vogtle
  • Lee McIntire, the CEO of TerraPower, an innovation company with a focus on nuclear energy that is currently working on a traveling wave reactor and a molten chloride salt reactor
  • Cynthia Pezze, Chief Technology Officer for Westinghouse, one of the first nuclear plant vendors in the world and the developer of the basic PWR technology that is used in more than half of the current nuclear plants in the world.

I’m planning come back and modify this post later with some commentary. For now, I thought that some readers might like the “hot off the press” feel of watching a discussion that just occurred a few hours ago at an industry conference in Miami.

If you do take the time to watch the discussion, here’s a game you can play. Jot down any comments or discussion points that the panelists made that seem familiar based on your status as an Atomic Insights reader.

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