eVinci Technology and the Potential of Microreactors


Zach McDaniel

Director, Partnerships and Grants
MON, 03/18/2024 - 3:00PM TO 4:00PM


Westinghouse is developing the eVinci™ microreactor to revolutionize how cost-competitive, carbon-free energy is delivered. The eVinci microreactor is a 15MW thermal heat pipe reactor capable of generating 5MW of electricity and is designed to run for approximately eight full power years before refueling. This transportable technology simplifies the traditional reactor design and facilitates greatly reduced construction and deployment timelines. This novel technology opens many new global markets to the highly desirable benefits of safe, clean, and reliable energy through nuclear power.


Zach McDaniel is the Director for Partnerships and Grants at Westinghouse Electric Company where he works to engage key program stakeholders and partners to expedite product finalization and market entry for the eVinci Microreactor. Zach has held multiple leadership roles at Westinghouse since 2006 including Director of Innovation (Nuclear Technology and Advanced Fuels), Accident Tolerant Fuels Technology Manager, Digital Transformation Portfolio Manager, PWR Fuel Engineering Methods and Innovation Manager, Business Development, and Product Management. He recently worked in collaboration with the US national laboratories and academia through participation on the Department of Energy Consortium for Advanced Simulation Of Light Water Reactors (CASL) Program to advance modelling and simulation tools for industry application, completed a term as on the Executive Committee of the American Nuclear Society Reactor Physics Division, serves on the Purdue University College of Engineering Ethics Advisory Council, and was the sponsor manager working with ENUSA for nuclear energy technology developments. Prior to his positions at Westinghouse, he worked for Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory providing support for the US Naval Fleet. Zach holds a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University and an Executive MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.