Small modular reactors (SMRs) are making headlines. The energy industry is starting to shift its historic preference for large, stick-built, one-of-a kind reactors to smaller reactors, made of standardized parts manufactured in factories and fabricated into modules for on-site assembly. The incremental capacity option offered by SMRs has caught the attention of commercial utilities and government regulators in the U.S. and around the world.
According to a research brief from Navigant Research, worldwide SMR capacity could grow to as much as 4.6 GW by 2030.
U.S. nuclear plant vendors are in a race to license their SMRs and deploy domestically, then export this new technology to a global market. This industry forum will profile the major American vendors and their business strategies for market success. National experts and opinion leaders will share views and opinions about the financial, political, and policy factors that must be in place for a U.S. SMR vendor to get to market.
From overcoming the hurdles of NRC licensing and public acceptance, to developing a commercial deployment strategy that can be leveraged to create jobs and a new nuclear industry sector for American suppliers, From Concept to Reality: Small Modular Reactors will offer the latest in thinking from insiders working to make this technology innovation a viable energy and economic engine for U.S. and global markets.
This tour includes:
The Advanced Test Reactor Complex: The ATR is the only U.S. research reactor capable of providing large-volume, high-flux neutron irradiation in an experiment environment, and the reactor makes it possible to study the effects of intense neutron and gamma radiation on reactor materials and fuels. ATR has many uses, supporting a variety of government and privately sponsored research.
The Safety Tritium Applied Research Facility: The Safety and Tritium Applied Research (STAR) Facility comprises capabilities and infrastructure to support both tritium and nontritium research activities at both bench and engineering scales important to the development of safe fusion energy.
The Hot Fuel Examination Facility: The Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF) is one of the largest hot cells dedicated to radioactive materials research at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The nation’s lead laboratory for nuclear energy research and development utilizes HFEF capabilities in researching radioactive materials development and characterization.
HFEF began operations in 1975, providing a two hot-cell complex and radiation-shielded rooms for handling irradiated reactor fuel and structural materials. HFEF hosts non-destructive and destructive examinations providing data used to determine the performance of fuels and materials irradiated in EBR-II, ATR and other facilities. The ability to add new examination capabilities as needed make HFEF an invaluable asset to INL. Underneath the hot cell, HFEF’s basement hosts the Neutron Radiography Reactor (NRAD), a reactor used for neutron radiography of test components.
The Matched Index of Refraction Laboratory: INL’s Matched Index of Refraction facility, the largest such set-up in the world, lets scientists test and validate computational flow dynamics (CFD) models. It helps engineers maximize the safety and efficiency of designs for everything from office buildings to nuclear reactors. MIR is a huge recirculating bath, 27 feet long by 10 feet tall, that incorporates lasers, silver-coated spheres and the ability to pump 3,000 gallons of mineral oil at 1.7 meters per second. Many research groups have sought out MIR’s services since the facility was built in 1995. The facility has helped Next Generation Nuclear Plant scientists model how coolant will flow through the NGNP’s core.
The Human Performance Laboratory: The Department of Energy’s new Human System Simulation Laboratory (HSSL) at Idaho National Laboratory is a full-scale virtual nuclear control room that can test the safety and reliability of proposed technology replacements before they are implemented in commercial nuclear control rooms.
This one-of-a-kind control room simulator is specifically designed to facilitate digital renovation of existing plants, which predominantly use analog systems. The INL lab also enables scientists to improve future control-room designs by studying human interactions with the instruments and responses to alarms.
The Colonial Theater: The Colonial dates back to 1919 when it opened as a vaudeville house. In 1929, it became the Paramount when it was taken over by Paramount Pictures’ Publix chain. Later on, Fox Intermountain Theatres operated it. After it closed in the late 80s, the building was donated to the Idaho Falls Arts Council who completed a $4.2 million restoration in 1997. The Colonial has returned to its original name, and with two adjoining buildings, it is now part of the Willard Arts Center which contains three art galleries.
PANDORA’S PROMISE: Impact Partners and CNN Films present PANDORA’S PROMISE, the groundbreaking new film by Academy-Award®-nominated director Robert Stone. The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. But what if we’ve got nuclear power wrong?
An audience favorite at the Sundance Film Festival, PANDORA’S PROMISE asks whether the one technology we fear most could save our planet from a climate catastrophe, while providing the energy needed to lift billions of people in the developing world out of poverty. In his controversial new film, Stone tells the intensely personal stories of environmentalists and energy experts who have undergone a radical conversion from being fiercely anti to strongly pro-nuclear energy, risking their careers and reputations in the process. Stone exposes this controversy within the environmental movement head-on with stories of defection by heavy weights including Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas and Michael Shellenberger. Undaunted and fearlessly independent, PANDORA’S PROMISE is a landmark work that is forever changing the conversation about the myths and science behind this deeply emotional and polarizing issue.
Premier Technology is a privately owned company based in Southeast Idaho. The company was founded in 1996 with a primary focus on manufacturing. Since that time, Premier has grown to be a full service engineering, manufacturing and construction management company employing nearly 300 highly skilled professionals. Premier’s reputation of delivering on-time, quality work has gained the trust of its clients affording them opportunities to serve as a resource for a wide variety of clients.
Westinghouse Electric Company is the only company with a single focus on nuclear power, providing a wide range of nuclear plant products and services to utilities throughout the world. Our nearly 13,000 employees worldwide provide fuel, spent fuel management, service and maintenance, instrumentation and control, and advanced nuclear plant designs. With the world’s largest base of installed plants, no company has more nuclear experience.
With the combined resources of Westinghouse and Toshiba, an even broader range of products and services will be available to our customers, furthering our commitment to providing solutions that help achieve reduced outage times, reduced operating costs, and clean, efficient plant operations.
“Always Good Ships” Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is the birthplace of the Navy’s nuclear fleet. We are the nation’s sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and partner in building nuclear-powered submarines. We also provide core nuclear and manufacturing expertise to the DOE.
With over 125 years of experience, Lehigh Heavy Forge Corporation operates the only domestic heavy forge facility. Starting with ingots up to 300 tons, our 10,000 ton Open Die Press produces forgings for a wide variety of Markets including Commercial Nuclear needs like the Small Modular Reactor Market. With a wide variety of CNC Machine Tools and heat treatment facilities, we can provide complete solutions to your needs.
The Energy Research and Development Center (ERDC) serves as a focal point for Research, Development, and Deployment activities related to energy-related technologies and energy security. ERDC researchers focus on educating students to analyze and solve issues related to environmental and economic sustainability of energy systems that improve rural economies and expand resource diversity. The center fosters close collaboration between Missouri S&T and other research centers in industry, national labs, and other universities. Work conducted through the ERDC is aimed at benefitting the university, the state of Missouri and the nation.
NuScale Power is developing an inherently safe, modular, scalable commercial nuclear power technology. Fluor Corporation, a global engineering, procurement and construction company with a 60-year history in commercial nuclear power, is the majority investor in NuScale. NuScale’s design offers the benefits of carbon-free nuclear power but takes away the issues presented by the cost of installing large capacity. NuScale power plants are scalable – additional modules are added as customer demand for electricity increases. NuScale’s technology also is ideally suited to supply energy for district heating, desalination and other applications.
The Missouri Charge is an SMR-ready alliance built on the collective strengths of Westinghouse, Ameren Missouri, and the state of Missouri. In joining their experience, supply chain economics and energy demands, these well-established nuclear players will put the deployment of small modular reactors within reach, ensuring the energy future of businesses across the globe.
Navigant Research is a market research and consulting team that provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The team’s research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of these industry sectors.
Emerging technology markets are inherently rife with uncertainty and risk. Navigant Research provides its clients with market intelligence designed to clarify investment and expansion opportunities for industry participants. Applications for the group’s research and analysis include: Market sizing and forecasting; market segmentation by geography, technology, customer type, end-user market, etc.; analyzing the structure of emerging value chains; insights on the timing of key market and technology transitions; competitive intelligence; assessing market demand for new products and assisting with go-to-market strategies; providing inputs for business planning, budgeting, and forecasting; and benchmarking companies within the competitive environment
The Energy Technology and Environmental Business Association (ETEBA) is a non-profit trade association representing more than 250 small, large and mid-sized companies that provide environmental, technology, energy, engineering, construction and related services to government and commercial clients. Our mission is to promote the success of our members by fostering market understanding, identifying business opportunities and advocating for our common interests. Originally formed in 1989 as the Oak Ridge Waste Management Association, ETEBA has been a strong voice for the business community for more than 20 years. ETEBA is a 501(c)(6) national non-profit trade association representing a diverse group of large and small companies that provide environmental, energy, engineering, construction and other technical services to federal agencies and corporate clients.
NRG Expert is an independent energy market research and intelligence company. The company specializes in energy market research reports, energy market database and energy consulting as well as detailed financial analysis and market forecasts. NRG Expert provides high quality research and data which is often hard to access elsewhere. The data and analysis produced is provided to the world’s leading companies, consultancies and government bodies, giving them the data and statistics they need to make tough, cost conscious decisions about their energy infrastructure, energy projects, and energy business development strategies.
Nuclear News is the monthly membership magazine of the American Nuclear Society (ANS). It covers the latest developments in the nuclear field, a large part of which concerns nuclear energy. Since the magazine accepted its first advertisement in 1960, it has been an integral part of the business development plans of nearly 1000 vendors who promote their nuclear-related products and services.
Fuel Cycle Week, the premier nuclear business newsletter based in Washington, D.C., is not your typical industry publication. Instead, it is fresh, lively and unconventional, filled with straight industry news leavened with critical analysis, informed opinion and humor. FCW is read worldwide by several thousand nuclear industry professionals in the utility, mining and enrichment sectors, as well as financial and investment institutions.
Atomic Insights is a blog about energy from an atomic perspective. The printed words are supplemented by more than 200 episodes of an audio podcast called the Atomic Show. Rod Adams, who gained his atomic knowledge through nuclear submarine service, atomic entrepreneurial activities and work with a commercial nuclear reactor development team, serves as the blog publisher, and as the host of the audio programs.