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February 2021

NuScale Power – A Scalable Clean Energy Solution

February 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Recent studies show that the addition of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) to the renewable energy mix offers the least cost path to achieving clean energy mandates. NuScale Power has developed and received NRC approval for its SMR technology with customers seeking to deploy the technology within this decade. The potential for hydrogen production as part of a NuScale Integrated Energy System provides an exciting opportunity for carbon reductions in both the industrial and transportation section. This presentation provides an overview…

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March 2021


March 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Dr. Kotlyar has established a sustainable research program in the field of advanced nuclear reactor design and multiphysics analysis. His Computational Reactor Engineering Laboratory (CoRE) focuses on developing the next generation production tools as well as designing advanced and low cost nuclear energy systems. In this talk he will cover the design aspects and modeling challenges associated with Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) systems. Nuclear thermal propulsion is a potential technology for future crewed missions to Mars due to its high…

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Fukushima Daiichi Reflection

March 11 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

March 11th, 2021 marks the ten-year anniversary of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in Japan. This 10-year anniversary event provides an opportunity to reflect on the accident, its environmental and health consequences, as well as its impact on nuclear reactor safety and regulations. It also gives us a moment to think more broadly about the interactions between nuclear energy, the environment, and society. Lessons learned from the Fukushima accident and its aftermath will drive the future of nuclear energy.

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Electrification in Metals and Mining: One Path Forward?

March 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Metals and minerals remain at the basis of modern society and their affordable and environmentally respectable extraction and recycling is required. A global population of 9 billion people by 2050 and global issues such as greenhouse gas emissions provide unique opportunities for the deployment of new technologies for metals extraction and processing. Anticipating affordability and deployment of sustainable electric power generation , the electrification and intensification of metals and mining industry processes is becoming a possibility. This seminar starts with…

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University-National Lab Collaborations in Nuclear Engineering: From Research to Workforce

March 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Dr. Noël Bakhtian Executive Director of the Berkeley Lab Energy Storage Center at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) is a consortium bringing together the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory and the four public research universities of Idaho and Wyoming. This talk will give insight into the opportunities for collaboration existing between universities and national labs, using examples from the newly approved vision, mission, and strategy at CAES - from…

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April 2021

Demonstration of Advanced Reactor Technology

April 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Nicholas Smith Deputy Director of the National Reactor Innovation Center. The National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) is focused on demonstrating advanced reactor technologies under development by industry.  Plans to execute these demonstrations, key challenges, and the role of NRIC will be discussed. Nicholas Smith is the Deputy Director of the National Reactor Innovation Center. In this role, he is responsible for supporting initiatives to provide resources to reactor innovators to test, demonstrate, and conduct performance assessments to accelerate the deployment…

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Protactinium Production in Leading Thorium Fuel Cycles

April 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Dr. Eva C. Uribe senior systems research analyst at Sandia National Laboratories Nuclear power from thorium fuel cycles is being explored around the world to extend uranium resource and to reduce the quantity of long-lived nuclear waste generated by civilian nuclear power production. Significant research and development efforts towards fuel cycles using thorium as the primary fertile material in place of uranium have occurred in India, Canada (Thorium Power), China (SINAP), Norway (ThorEnergy), the United States (Flibe, Thorcon), and elsewhere.…

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Thinking differently about radiation damage: New methods of measurement using nuclear magnetic resonance.

April 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ian Farnan Professor of Earth & Nuclear Materials The effects of radiation damage are a constant source of concern in nuclear engineering.  The need the need to achieve greater tolerance over the effects of radiation damage is fundamental to the roadmap for the implementation of next generation fission and fusion systems, but how well do we understand the scale of the initial damage event and its recovery?  Results will be presented from ‘nuclearised’ nuclear magnetic resonance experiments that show that…

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Fuel Cycle Needs to Support Advanced Reactors

April 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Christina J. Leggett, Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering Technical Consultant Booz Allen Hamilton Now is an exciting time for the nuclear industry. Several advanced reactor designers are vying to enter the reactor market with a range of reactor designs, including molten salt reactors, high-temperature gas reactors, sodium fast reactors, and even microreactors. They range in size from a few megawatts to approximately 1 gigawatt, can operate at near atmospheric pressures and ultra-high temperatures, and use non-traditional coolants and fuels. Advanced reactors are…

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Individual Stories behind the Fukushima Nuclear Tragedy

April 30 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  Japanese photojournalist Obara will give a talk about individual stories of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear workers in Fukushima. Many aspects of the accident and working conditions forced nuclear workers to be silent after the accident. Workers became invisible from the society. He had tried to uncover their individual stories. In this talk, Obara will also show his latest pictures in current Fukushima in 2021. Kazuma Obara (Japan, 1985) is a photojournalist based in Japan. Focusing on personal stories in nuclear tragedy. He…

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