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Record Crowd Attends Yesterday’s “Nuclear Opportunities Workshop”

More than 200 people turned out yesterday for the “Nuclear Opportunities Workshop” organized by the East Tennessee Economic Council with sponsorship support from a number of organizations that have a stake in the region’s long-standing place in the sector and the nuclear renaissance that is occurring.

“NOW” Panels Explore Four Aspects of Nuclear Industry and Implications for Region

Judging by the turnout – a record of more than 200 people at the all-day program, interest in nuclear power is clearly a “top of mind” item for many in a region with a long and well-known legacy in the nuclear sector as well as a strong footprint in the future in areas like advanced reactor technologies, next-gen reactor designs, and fusion power.

TVA Issues Carbon-Free Energy RFP

In 2021, TVA announced an aspirational goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. As part of this initiative, TVA is issuing a request for proposal (RFP) today, for up to 5,000 MW of carbon-free and renewable energy projects with commercial operation dates ranging from 2023 through 2029.

4th Annual Nuclear Opportunities Workshop (NOW) to be Hosted by ETEC in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

The East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) is hosting its fourth in-person nuclear opportunities conference on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. This day-long conference will focus on supply, technical, production, and workforce-related opportunities in the nuclear industry. Registration is open and available until July 28, 2022. Panel discussion topics include advanced reactors, nuclear fuels, radioisotopes, and the workforce needed to make all of these efforts successful.

DOE Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement for Versatile Test Reactor

DOE today released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the construction of the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR). The proposed VTR will be a sodium-cooled fast-neutron-spectrum test reactor that will enhance and accelerate research, development, and demonstration of innovative nuclear technologies that will play a crucial role in helping the United States reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Kairos Power Joins with Bruce Power, Constellation, Southern Company and TVA to Form Advanced Nuclear Development Consortium

Kairos Power has assembled leading North American utilities and generating companies to launch an advanced nuclear development consortium named Kairos Power Operations, Manufacturing and Development Alliance (Kairos Power-OMADA) to advance the development of the company’s advanced fluoride salt-cooled high-temperature reactor (KP-FHR) technology. Current member corporations include:

OPG, TVA Partner on New Nuclear Technology Development

Two of North America’s leading nuclear utilities unveiled a pioneering partnership to develop advanced nuclear technology as an integral part of a clean energy future and creating a North American energy hub. Ontario Power Generation and the Tennessee Valley Authority will jointly work to help develop small modular reactors as an effective long-term source of 24/7 carbon-free energy in both Canada and the U.S.

X-energy’s TRISO-X Selects Oak Ridge Horizon Center for First Commercial Advanced Reactor Fuel Fabrication Facility in North America

TRISO-X LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-energy LLC, has selected the Horizon Center Industrial Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee as the site for its commercial advanced nuclear reactor fuel fabrication facility, the nation’s first High-Assay Low-Enriched Uranium (HALEU) based fuel fabrication facility. The TRISO-X Fuel Fabrication Facility (TF3) is being commissioned through funding, in part, from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP).

Opportunity to Comment on Kairos Power’s Hermes Project Environmental Impact

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking public input on environmental issues pertaining to Kairos Power’s construction permit application for the Hermes low-power demonstration reactor to be built at the Heritage Center site in East Tennessee Technology Park. ETEC is pleased to have Kairos Power as a member and we would encourage anyone with an interest in this project to participate.