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Safe and Secure Megawatt-Size Nuclear Power Workshop

ARPA-E held a workshop on "Safe and Secure Megawatt-Size Nuclear Power" on March 16-17, 2016 in the Washington, D.C. area. 

This workshop brought together experts in nuclear reactor design, nuclear science, materials science, controls, advanced sensors and monitors, manufacturing, risk analysis, non-proliferation/safeguards, as well as potential end users, vendors, investors, and other relevant stakeholders. Topics for discussion will include innovative and novel design concepts, robust materials, sensing and monitoring technologies and other technologies that could enable inherently safe, secure, and proliferation-resistant MW-scale nuclear power generation for a variety of applications.  

A summary of the event and presentation slides are available below.

Wednesday, March 16th

Start

End

 

8:00

8:30 AM

Registration (breakfast on your own)

8:30

8:50 AM

Introduction to ARPA-E and Welcoming Remarks       
Dr. Ellen Williams, Director, ARPA-E

8:50

9:20 AM

Workshop Introduction
Dr. Ji-Cheng (JC) Zhao, Program Director, ARPA-E

9:20

9:40 AM

U.S. Nuclear Energy Program
Mr. Brad Williams, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

9:40

10:10 AM

Attendee Introductions – 1 minute each in alphabetical order

10:10

10:30 AM

Break

10:30

11:10 AM

Attendee Introductions – 1 minute each in alphabetical order

11:10

11:30 AM

Structural Materials for Advanced Nuclear Reactors
Dr. Steve Zinkle, Governor’s Chair Professor at the University of Tennessee

11:30

11:50 AM

Challenges: Nuclear Power Today and Megawatt Size Reactors
Dr. Pete Lyons, Retired, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy; Retired, Commissioner, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

11:50

12:00 PM

Introduction to Breakout 1: Concept Discussion

12:00

12:45 PM

Lunch

12:45

2:45 PM

Breakout 1: Concept Discussion

Breakout A, Hamilton Ballroom

Breakout B, Farragut Square

Breakout C, McPherson Square

Breakout D, Franklin Park AB (lobby level)

2:45

3:15

Break

3:15

3:30 PM

Safety Lessons from Space Reactor Development for Micro Reactors
Dr. Patrick McClure, Project Lead for Small Reactors, Los Alamos National Laboratory

3:30

4:45 PM

Presentation of Breakout 1 Reports by Session Moderators

6:00

 

Dinner on your own

Thursday, March 17th

Start

End

 

8:00

8:15 AM

Registration and Networking (breakfast on your own)

8:15

8:30 AM

Day 2 Introduction                                              
Dr. JC Zhao

8:30

8:45 AM

SMR Demonstration Opportunities at the Nevada National Security Site
Dr. Michael Mohar, Principal Visionary, Nevada National Security Site Emerging Programs

8:45

10:00 AM

Panel Discussion on Safety, Security and Non-Proliferation Issues

Facilitator:  Dr. Pete Lyons, Retired, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy; Retired, Commissioner, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission


Panelist: Dr. Shannon Bragg-Sitton, Idaho National Laboratory,
Panelist: Mr. E. Travis Gitau, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Panelist: Alex Polonsky, Esq., Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Panelist: Dr. Paul Roege, Creative Erg

10:00

10:15 AM

Introduction to Breakout 2: Metrics and Goals

10:15

10:30 AM

Break

10:30

12:00 PM

Breakout 2: Metrics and Goals

Breakout A, Hamilton Ballroom

Breakout B, Farragut Square

Breakout C, McPherson Square

Breakout D, Franklin Park AB (lobby level)

12:00

12:45 PM

Lunch

12:45

1:15 PM

Presentation of Breakout 2 Reports by Session Moderators

1:15

1:30 PM

Closing Remarks                                               
Dr. JC Zhao

1:30

 

Adjourn

1:30

4:30 PM

Optional: One-on-one Discussions with Dr. Zhao and ARPA-E Team by Appointment*