I received an update from Benjamin Haas, the SUNY Maritime student who has been working on nuclear powered ship designs from a complete systems perspective for the past three semesters. He and his team have not just focused on the technical aspects of designing a power plant and a ship that could take full advantage of that plant; they have also paid careful attention to regulations, politics, and economics.
Benjamin entered a poster summarizing their conclusions into a contest at the New York Advanced Energy Conference and earned 3rd place. Here is one of the most thought provoking graphics from the poster.
Benjamin sent me and Guilian Crommelin (a retired Dutch Navy Captain with whom I have been communicating since 1994 about our shared interest in nuclear heated gas turbines) a report on his experience at the conference. He gave me permission to share that report with you.
Please note the discussions with visitors to his poster display. There is a great deal of interest in nuclear energy; I hope more people are inspired by the effort Benjamin is making to share what he has learned about the value of nuclear energy as a tool for solving some of humanity’s most challenging problems.
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