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Kairos – Developing advanced nuclear energy in Alameda

…tion with the ANS Winter meeting, Ed Blandford, Chief Technical Officer of Kairos, mentioned that Kairos pebbles are smaller than the typical 6 cm pebbles chosen for most pebble-bed conceptual reactors. Smaller pebbles have the advantage of higher surface to volume ratios for enhanced heat transfer. He indicates this logical choice wouldn’t be as easy for gas cooled reactors. When I asked him why gas-cooled designs would be challenged with smaller…

Atomic Show #288 – Per Peterson, CNO, Kairos Power
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Atomic Show #288 – Per Peterson, CNO, Kairos Power

…est Unit now in construction in Albuquerque Image provided by Kairos Power Kairos Power Is developing a truly new nuclear fission power technology. Their KP-FHR (Kairos Power – Fluoride Salt Cooled, High Temperature Reactor) combines the solid fuel form usually associated with gas-cooled reactors with the fluoride molten salt often associated with fluid-fuel reactors. For Atomic Show #288, my guest was Dr. Per Peterson, Kairos Power’s chief nuclea…

Kairos Power Is Hiring For Hybrid Natural Gas-Nuclear Power System
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Kairos Power Is Hiring For Hybrid Natural Gas-Nuclear Power System

…y is seeking to fill, Dr. Peterson said that the best available summary of Kairos’s current situation is available on its LinkedIn page. Kairos deserves to have the space and patience needed to develop its technology, licensing and commercialization plans. Its current goal is to build a demonstration prototype by about 2030. Following testing and refinement, Kairos expects to be ready to enter the commercial power market in the late 2030s. Though…

Is nuclear reactor licensing process being improved as Congress mandated with NEIMA?
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Is nuclear reactor licensing process being improved as Congress mandated with NEIMA?

…d their interactions with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Drew Peebles, Kairos Power Kairos Power is well into the process of obtaining a construction permit – the first step of a Part 50 license application – to build its Hermes 35 MWth non-power reactor at a site near the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. When Kairos submitted its CPA (construction permit application) for Hermes in Sep 2021, it was the first non-LWR reactor CPA ever submitted to…

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Atomic Show #275 – Managing advanced nuclear development during pandemic

…and COO of Oklo Inc. Per Peterson, co-founder and Chief Nuclear Officer at Kairos Power Carl Perez, CEO at Elysium Industries Canon Bryan, Chief Financial Officer, Terrestrial Energy Lars Jorgenson, CEO, ThorCon Mark Mitchell, President, USNC-Power Your feedback is important. Please participate in the discussion and make suggestions for future topics. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:19:20 — 90.9MB) Subscribe: Google Podcasts |…

Sense of purpose at the 2023 ANS Utility Working Conference

Sense of purpose at the 2023 ANS Utility Working Conference

…services for the existing fleet, the only vendor I remember talking to was Kairos Power, which will begin construction on their Hermes test reactor sometime in 2024. My guess is that they were there to engage with potential suppliers. One of the highlights of the exhibition for me was a face-to-face meeting with Brad Fox and Jerold Vincent, the founders of Nuclearn, an emerging AI company with several products that have demonstrated significant va…

Observations from the US Nuclear Industry Council’s 10th annual Advanced Reactor Summit
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Observations from the US Nuclear Industry Council’s 10th annual Advanced Reactor Summit

…already owns as potential hosts for a multi-unit SMR-160 power stations.  Kairos has grown rapidly and was recently notified that the NRC has approved the final safety evaluation of its construction permit application (CPA) to build Hermes, a 30 MWth test reactor, in Oak Ridge, TN.  Terrestrial Energy has completed stage 2 of the Canadian Nuclear Society Vendor Design Review process.  Oklo had a painful learning experience but is steadily progres…

Press Release: Advanced Reactors Technical Summit IV & Technology Trailblazers Showcase

…E-Hitachi Nuclear Energy; General Atomics; Hybrid Power Technologies, LLC; Kairos Power, LLC; Muons, Inc.; Next Generation Nuclear Plant Industry Alliance; NuScale Power; Southern Nuclear Operating Company; Terrestrial Energy; ThorCon Power; Westinghouse Electric Company; and X-energy. U.S. NRC Chairman Stephen Burns headlines the keynoters, which also include U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Shane Johnson; Gateway for Accelerated Innovat…

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China’s high temperature reactor – pebble bed modular (HTR-PM) achieves its first criticality

On the morning of September 12, 2021, reactor number 1 of the eagerly awaited HTR-PM project was taken critical for the first time. Initial criticality for any new reactor is a big deal for the people involved in the project; this one is a big deal for the future of nuclear energy. It might also become a big deal for humanity’s ability to effectively reduce CO2 emissions enough to slow climate change. HTR-PM is a demonstration reactor that uses t…

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Turning nuclear into a fuel dominated business

…let temperature when they want to go To higher power operations. Actually, Kairos has decided to abandon this concept — at least for the first reactors that they intend to build. They probably will want to revisit it later, if they get the chance, but their effort to bring a reactor to market will skip this hybrid power system as too much risk and go with something more straightforward. Engineer-Poet What Kairos might want to do is come up with a…

Can prototype nuclear reactors be licensed in the US under current rules?
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Can prototype nuclear reactors be licensed in the US under current rules?

…lent piece of research and writing! It probably should be pointed out that Kairos Power is using a variant of this approach as we speak. Their proposed Hermes test reactor, while not a full size version of their KP-FHR molten salt reactor (about 10% of the planned full size design), is currently under review for a construction permit with staff work expected to be complete in 2023. Rod Adams Gene – thank you for the kind words. Coming from a man w…

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