Advanced Reactors Summit VI

&

Technology Trailblazers Showcase

 

Under the auspices of

The U.S. Nuclear Industry Council

 

and in Conjunction with

University of California San Diego

 

January 29-31 2019

San Diego, California

 

Detailed Advance Agenda

 

 

To view the advance agenda as a separate document, click here.

 

 

Tuesday, January 29 - Career Fair & Welcome Reception

The Price Center at UC San Diego

 

11:00am – 1:00pm

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY CLEAN ENERGY TALK

 

4:00pm – 5:30pm

CAREER FAIR

 

6:00pm – 7:30pm

WELCOME RECEPTION

 

Wednesday, January 30 - Plenary

The Price Center at UC San Diego

 

8:00 am

I. WELCOME

 

Dr. Miroslav Krstic

Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research;

Director of Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics

UC San Diego

 

Dr. Albert P. Pisano

Professor and Dean

UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

 

Mr. Linden S. Blue

Vice Chairman

General Atomics

 

8:20 am

II. STAGE SETTERS

 

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Transformation & Licensing Modernization

 

Hon. David A. Wright

Commissioner

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

 

 

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Update

 

Mr. Ramzi Jammal

Executive Vice President & Chief Regulatory Operations Officer

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

 

U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Nuclear Programs

 

Mr. Shane Johnson

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Technology

U.S. Department of Energy

 

Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear Update

 

Dr. Rita Baranwal

Director, Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear

Idaho National Laboratory

 

10:00 am

BREAK

 

10:15 am

III. PANEL: FROM VERY SMALL TO MEGA: THE RIGHT REACTOR SIZE FOR THE RIGHT APPLICATION 

 

Advanced reactors of various sizes are under development: from the very small (micro) for off-grid terrestrial and space applications to the very large, grid baseload-oriented systems. Panelists representing the range of reactor sizes will discuss their unique applications and design features in addition to challenges and innovative ideas to their future successful deployment.

 

Dr. Ron Faibish - Moderator

Senior Director of Business Development,

Nuclear Technologies and Materials

General Atomics

 

Dr. Mark Peters

Laboratory Director

Idaho National Laboratory

 

Mr. Chris Levesque 

President and CEO

TerraPower

 

Ms. Karin Feldman

Vice President, Program Management

NuScale Power

 

Mr. Ken Canavan 

Chief Technology Officer

Westinghouse Electric Company

 

Dr. Jacob DeWitte

Founder and CEO

Oklo Inc.

 

11:45 am

IV. SPECIAL UPDATE: LICENSING & FIRST MOVER DEPLOYMENT

 

Hon. Jeffrey Merrifield
Former Commissioner, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
&

Chairman, USNIC Advanced Reactor Task Force;
Partner - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

 

12:05 pm

V.  TRAILBLAZERS UPDATE I & WORKING LUNCH

 

Energy Multiplier Module (EM2)

 

Dr. Christina Back

Vice President, Nuclear Technologies and Materials

Energy Group

General Atomics

 

Perspectives and Prospects for a U.S. Compact Fusion Pilot Plant

 

Dr. Richard Buttery

DIII-D Experimental Science Director

DIII-D National Fusion Facility

General Atomics

 

1:05 pm

VI. PANEL: ADVANCED FUELS: NEEDS, OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

 

Discussion on the latest status and plans for advanced nuclear fuels. The session will also feature a specific discussion on the need for high-assay enriched uranium and overall nuclear fuel enrichment capabilities in the U.S. in order to accommodate fuel requirements for future deployment of various types of advanced reactors.

 

Mr. Spencer Nelson - Moderator

Program Director

ClearPath

 

Mr. Elmer Dyke

Senior Vice President, Business Operations & Chief Commercial Officer

Centrus Energy

 

Dr. Jon Carmack 

Senior Technical Advisor, Office of Nuclear Energy

U.S. Department of Energy

 

Dr. Alan Icenhour

Associate Laboratory Director, Nuclear Science & Engineering

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

 

Mr. Joel Duling

President, Nuclear Operations Group

BWX Technologies, Inc.

 

Mr. Jeff Whitt 

Director, Government Services

Framatome

 

2:35 pm

VII. TRAILBLAZERS UPDATE II

 

On the Cusp of a New Energy Paradigm

 

Dr. Michl Binderbauer

Chief Executive Officer 

TAE Technologies

 

2:55 pm

BREAK

 

3:15 pm

VIII. SPECIAL UPDATE: VERSATILE TEST REACTOR

 

Dr. Kemal Pasamehmetoglu

Executive Director for the Versatile Test Reactor

Idaho National Laboratory

 

3:35 pm

IX.  PANEL: ADVANCED REACTORS: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES

 

This session will feature international perspectives on the state of advanced reactor concepts and deployment around the world. What are some of the common challenges and opportunities?

 

Mr. David Blee – Moderator

President & CEO

U.S. Nuclear Industry Council

 

Dr. Sama Bilbao y León

Head -  Division of Nuclear Technology Development and Economics

OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

 

Ms. Kirsty Gogan

Co-Founder & Executive Director 

Energy for Humanity

 

Dr. Kathryn McCarthy

Vice-President, Research and Development

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

 

4:50 pm

X. SPECIAL UPDATE: ARPA-E NUCLEAR PROGRAM UPDATE

 

Dr. Rachel Slaybaugh
Program Director, Advanced Nuclear Reactor Systems
Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)

 

 

5:10 pm

XI. SPECIAL UPDATE: ADVANCED NUCLEAR, MEET YOUR CUSTOMER

 

Mr. Tay Stevenson

Partner

Envoy Public Labs

 

5:30 pm

ADJOURN DAY ONE PLENARY

 

5:45 pm

TRAILBLAZER AWARDS RECEPTION

The Price Center at UC San Diego

 

 

Thursday, January 31 - Plenary

The Price Center at UC San Diego

 

8:00 am

XII. SPECIAL UPDATE: SPACE APPLICATIONS FOR ADVANCED NUCLEAR

 

Mr. Lee Mason

STMD Principal Technologist for Power & Energy Storage

Glenn Research Center

National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA)

 

8:20 am

XIII. TRAILBLAZERS UPDATE III

 

GE Hitachi’s BWRX-300, PRISM, VTR Reactors

 

Dr. Jon Ball

Executive Vice President, Nuclear Plant Projects

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

 

8:40 am

XIV. TRAILBLAZERS UPDATE IV

 

The Art of Advancing Nuclear Technology

 

Mr. Robin Rickman 

Vice President of Corporate Development

Terrestrial Energy

 

9:00 am

XV. PANEL: MODELING & SIMULATION AND THEIR INCREASING IMPORTANCE TO LICENSING OF ADVANCED NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGIES AND MATERIALS

 

Modeling and simulations have undergone dramatic transformation in recent years that has led to codes and computational approaches with ever-increasing levels of fidelity and precision. Such codes and approaches could potentially augment experimental data to provide additional valuable performance data for advanced reactor systems and related technologies, which could not have been achieved a few years ago. The discussion will focus on the promise of modeling and simulation in accelerating the design and eventual deployment of advanced nuclear technologies.

 

Dr. Hussein Khalil – Moderator

Director, Nuclear Energy and Security Program
Distinguished Fellow

Argonne National Laboratory

 

Mr. Shane Johnson

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Technology

U.S. Department of Energy

 

Dr. Christopher R. Stanek

NEAMS National Technical Director

Los Alamos National Laboratory

 

Mr. Raymond Furstenau 

Director, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

 

Dr. David Kropaczek

Director, CASL

Oak Ridge National Lab

 

Mr. John Bolin 

Senior Staff Engineer

General Atomics

 

10:30 am

BREAK

 

10:45 am

XVI. TRAILBLAZERS UPDATE V

 

Accelerating Small HTGR Through Modeling and Simulation

 

Dr. Martin van Staden

Vice President, Reactor Development

X-energy

 

11:05 am

XVII. SPECIAL UPDATE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S TRANSFORMATIONAL CHALLENGE REACTOR PROGRAM

 

Dr. Kurt Terrani

Technical Lead, Transformational Challenge Reactor Program

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

 

11:25 am

XVIII. PANEL: THE NEXUS BETWEEN FISSION AND FUSION: ADVANCED MATERIALS AND BEYOND

 

Both nuclear fission and fusion technologies have the need for advanced and innovative materials to accommodate extreme operating conditions associated with high temperature, corrosion, and particularly tolerance to high levels of radiation induced damage. The panel will feature a discussion on these common challenges and joint opportunities for addressing them, as well as latest specific status of fusion technology and its future prospects.

 

Dr. Farhat Beg – Moderator

Director, Center for Energy Research (CER); Principal Investigator, HEDP Group; Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department

UC San Diego

Mr. Michael Delage

Chief Technology Officer

General Fusion

Dr. Christian Deck

Advanced Materials Group Leader

General Atomics

Dr. Steven J. Zinkle

UTK/ORNL Governor’s Chair for Nuclear Materials
Department of Nuclear Engineering and Department of Materials Science & Engineering

University of Tennessee

Dr. George Tynan

Associate Dean of Engineering;

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

 

12:55 pm

XVIV. TRAILBLAZERS UPDATE VI

Starting a Generic Early Site Permit for Advanced Reactors

 

Mr. Paul Murray

Senior Vice President

Orano Federal Services

 

1:15 pm

XVV. TRAILBLAZERS UPDATE VII & WORKING LUNCH

 

SMR Initiative for Puerto Rico

 

Mr. Eddie Guerra

Senior Engineer, Structural

Arup

Hybrid-Nuclear Energy Update

Mr. Michael Keller

President & CEO

Hybrid Power Technologies

 

2:00 pm

XVI. SUMMARY & CHARGE

 

2:15 pm

ADJOURN DAY TWO PLENARY

 ​

 

Optional Tours

 

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Optional General Atomics Tour

Participants of the Advanced Reactors Summit VI & Showcase will have the opportunity to take part in one of the following optional tours:

 

Tour Option 1:

The DIII-D National Fusion Facility and the SiGA - Silicon Carbide Composites Labs.

Location: GA's Main Campus, Torrey Pines, CA.

 

Tour Option 2:

GA's Magnet Technology Center. 

Location: Poway, CA.

The Advanced Reactors Summit VI

& Technology Trailblazers Showcase

@ UC San Diego

 

January 29-31, 2019 | UC San Diego

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The Advanced Reactors Summit VI & 

Technology Trailblazers Showcase

January 29-31, 2019 | UC San Diego

About USNIC

The United States Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC) is the leading U.S. business consortium advocate for new nuclear and promotion of the American supply chain globally. Composed of over 80 companies USNIC represents the "Who's Who" of the nuclear supply chain community, including key utility movers, technology developers, construction engineers, manufacturers and service providers. USNIC encompasses eight working groups and select task forces. For more information visit www.usnic.org.