Nuclear Working Group

The Nuclear Working Group is made up of ETEC members who work in the nuclear industry and are interested in promoting East Tennessee as a great place to do business.

The group, formed in 2007, hosts an annual nuclear fission industry forum for manufacturing and supply-oriented companies to meet each year in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. 

Click here to see a summary of the Nuclear Suppliers Workshops from 2017-2019. The event was postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ETEC held the Nuclear Opportunities Workshop in August 2022. Click here to see information about that event.

Click here to read the history of the Working Group from Dr. Eric Abelquist’s perspective. These are remarks he gave to ETEC on Friday, December 10, 2021.

In 2021 the group decided to also include fusion energy as part of its focus. ETEC partnered with the Fusion Industry Association (FIA) to host its first virtual forum on Fusion Innovation. Close to 100 Attendees from seven countries gathered to discuss the future of fusion energy.

Oak Ridge and the East Tennessee region offer opportunities for collaboration with both the public sector and private companies in a variety of areas.

Below is a list of those areas and some of the companies/entities that are working towards solutions.

With the specialized technical expertise and an industry cluster that grows more each year, East Tennessee is the place for nuclear-related companies to be. 

In fact, a recent study found 148 nuclear companies in the State of Tennessee. 131 of those companies are located in East Tennessee. Below is a map we created to show the density of nuclear companies in the region (August 2022). Also below is the map we created in 2016 so you can see the growth.

For more information about opportunities to collaborate email us.