Interest in alternative nuclear energy technologies continues to strengthen, despite the challenging financial environment and despite the regulatory hurdles that need to be moved out of the way. Atomic energy innovators continue to be inspired by the technical promise of highly concentrated fuel, tiny waste stream and zero air pollution or CO2 production. The potential suppliers to the industry remain interested in the potential for significant new markets for their high quality products.
On February 8 and 9, the growing community of nuclear technology trailblazers return to Argonne National Laboratory, the site of the first in the series of Advanced Reactor Technology Summits, for the fourth annual event. The event is being organized under the auspices of the Nuclear Infrastructure Council in conjunction with the Argonne National Laboratory. Atomic Insights will be there to cover the talks, ask hard questions and get the inside scoop whenever possible.
Event co-sponsors include General Atomics and Terrestrial Energy. Trailblazing sponsors include Muons Inc. NuScale Power and Studsvik. X-Energy is a contributing sponsor.
The confirmed speaker line up is an impressive roster of company leaders, thoughtful analysts, financial backers and government sponsors. This year’s event includes both sponsorship opportunities and a new technology showcase designed to give suppliers a unique opportunity to present their products and services to “a captive audience of 200 key industry and government leaders.”
Registration for the event is open now. The attendance fee will increase by $200 on January 20. That’s probably designed to help people make an prompt decision to attend.
The agenda is still under development, but here is the current outline of topics to be covered.
Advance Agenda Topics
- U.S. Department of Energy
- U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- Nuclear Energy Industry
- National Laboratories
- Reports From Leading Advanced Reactor Technology Developers
- Progress On Overarching Issues: Capital Costs, O&M, Fuel Cycle Strategies, Licensing Timeframes, Demonstration And Deployment
- Test Reactor, Prototypes And Demonstration Concepts
- Government / Private Sector Collaboration & Leading First Movers
- DOE, National Laboratory And Private-Sector Incubators, Including The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN)
- The Economic & Environmental Nexus For Advanced Reactors
- The New Administration And Congressional Landscape
- U.S. And International Markets
- Moving Forward
It’s worthwhile to read Third Way’s reports on the advanced nuclear energy industry as preparation for the event. There is no real substitute for making face to face contact with other members of the advanced reactor community if you have a strong interest in keeping up with the technology, want to participate in new developments or want to determine if the technology is ripe for your investment dollars.
See you there?
PS – Yes, I know that ANL is in the heart of the snow belt and perhaps a risky place to hold a meeting in February. Last year, the Advanced Reactor Summit organizers held their event at ORNL in Oak Ridge, TN. Perhaps they hoped to reduce the potential for disruption caused by the snowfall experienced in Amherst, MA during the second annual event.
It didn’t work. Here is a photo I took on my drive from Lynchburg to the 2016 summit.