I spoke yesterday evening with Forrest Rudin and TJ Trapp of Hyperion Power Generation. TJ is Hyperion’s Vice President of Engineering, Forrest is the Chief of Staff. You can listen to our conversation at Atomic Show #148 – Hyperion Power Module Update.
We were able to delve into some significant detail about the current state of the system design including the coolant choice, the fuel material, the reactivity control system, and the steam plant conditions. We also talked a bit about the licensing strategy, some potential customer applications, and the reasons why the company believes that a far smaller atomic energy system (25 MWe vice the “standard” 1,000+ MWe) can serve the needs of a large and diverse customer population. We even discussed the applicability of the HPM to commercial nuclear ship propulsion.