I am eagerly looking forward to spending some time during the next couple of days talking with others who are interested and perhaps as excited about the prospects for opening new markets to the possibility of using nuclear energy instead of diesel engines, combustion gas turbines or small coal fired steam plants. It is time to attend the Platts Small Modular Reactor meeting and the DOE sponsored workshop on small modular reactors. The meeting is taking place at the Washington, DC Mandarin Oriental Hotel, not far from the Tidal Basin.
Scheduled speakers include:
- Richard Black, Director, Office of Advanced Reactor Concepts, Office on Nuclear Energy, US Department of Energy
- Michael Mayfield, Director, Advanced Reactor Program, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- Daniel T. Ingersoll, Senior Program Manager, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Donald Hoffman, President and Chief Executive Officer, EXCEL Services Corporation (conference chairman)
- Paul Lorenzini, President and Chief Executive Officer, NuScale Power
- Michael Shepherd, Vice President, Business Development, Babcock & Wilcox
- Michael Anness, Manager, Advanced Reactors, Westinghouse Electric Company
- Don Moul, Vice President, Nuclear Support, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company
- Andrea Sterdis, Manager, New Nuclear Licensing, TVA
- W. Kenneth Hughey, Vice President, Nuclear Business Development, Entergy Nuclear
- Michael Sellman, Director, Alternate Energy Holdings; Board Member, NuScale Power
- Jonathan Hinze, Vice President, International Operations, Ux Consulting
- Jim Moody, Director, Commercial Services, General Dynamics Electric Boat
- David Blee, Executive Director, United States Nuclear Infrastructure Council
- Chris Hansen, Associate Director, IHS CERA
- Mary Saunders, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Manufacturing and Services, U.S. Department of Commerce
- James Glasgow, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
- William A. Macon, Jr., Army Reactor Program Manager, U.S. Army Nuclear and Combating WMD Agency
- Randall Lee Beatty, Ph.D., Group Leader, INPRO, International Atomic Energy Agency
- M. Hadid Subki, Ph.D., Unit Head, Small and Medium Sized Reactors, International Atomic Energy Agency
- Vladimir Kuznetsov, Ph.D., former Lead Researcher, Kurchatov Institute (Russia); former Unit Head, International Atomic Energy Agency
The list includes a healthy mix of vendors, potential customers, suppliers, and government agencies involved in both research and development and regulation. There are even some government agencies that might end up being direct customers for the technology – like Mr. Macon from the US Army. That organization has a large installed base of fossil fuel generators running in places where delivering bulky and explosive fossil fuels on a regular basis is a bit of a challenge.
There should be some lively conversations. I will work hard to capture some of those conversations and share them with you either here or as audio files from The Atomic Show Podcast. You might also be interested in following Atomicrod on Twitter for some intermittent commentary during the meetings.
If you happen to be attending the meeting, please look for me and introduce yourself. It is always good to meet Atomic Insights readers face to face. Heck, I might even buy you a drink if you are staying in town for socializing this evening.