On Tuesday, the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) hosted its second annual Nuclear Supplier’s Workshop (NSW) in the Conference Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The focus of the day-long workshop was on manufacturing opportunities in the Southeastern United States around the nuclear supply chain. .
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Oak Ridge’s role in nuclear energy. To commemorate that marker, presenters at the NSW, in collaboration with ORNL and Y-12, covered nuclear energy, next generation nuclear technology, nuclear medicine and national security.
Speakers included John Kotek with the Nuclear Energy Institute and Adam DeMella with the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Energy and Water, as well as a series of panels focused on regional resources available to nuclear suppliers, SMR and advanced reactor needs, what utilities need and advanced manufacturing and the nuclear supply chain. Panel participants included representatives from NuScale Power, Terrapower, X-Energy, Oklo, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Duke Energy, UAMPS, Electric Power Research Institute, Analysis and Measurement Services Corp., Huntington Ingalls Industries, ORNL and Flibe Energy, among others.
“ETEC was thrilled to kick-off Nuclear Opportunities Week with the NSW,” said Jim Campbell, President of ETEC, “We had 100 attendees from 24 states at the workshop who participated in fascinating discussions around the issues that matter most to the industry. We look forward to continuing to build on this event in the future, as well as being a part of other NOW events as they continue this week.”
As a whole, the NSW demonstrated the community of excellence present within the Oak Ridge/East Tennessee region. ETEC and its partners are open to exploring opportunities with companies interested in taking advantage of the area’s competencies.
Sponsors and featured exhibitors included: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Centrus Energy, University of Tennessee, The Ingram Group, AECOM, Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), MSTI/Millennitek, Teledyne Brown, and Navarro Research and Engineering.
The NSW was part of the Nuclear Opportunities Week (N.O.W.) that was held October 2-5, 2018 in Oak Ridge and Knoxville, Tennessee.
NOW gives professionals working in the nuclear field the opportunity to attend three different conferences and multiple networking events.
The week included: ETEC’s Nuclear Suppliers Workshop, ETEBA’s Business and Opportunities Conference, ORNL’s Molten Salt Reactor Workshop, Y-12’s National Security Programming, and DOE Nuclear Energy’s Millennial Nuclear Caucus.
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About the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC):
ETEC is an independent, regional, non-profit membership organization dedicated to supporting the federal government’s missions in Oak Ridge and East Tennessee as well as encouraging new opportunities to fully utilize the highly-skilled talent, cutting-edge technologies and unique facilities that make up the federal reservation. ETEC works in strong partnership with federal contractors, Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration representatives, state officials, small businesses, and other local economic development organizations to seek new ways to use federal investments in science and security to create prosperity, promote regional development, and explore opportunities for growth. For more information, visit www.eteconline.org.