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CANCELLED: Ninth Annual Richard K. Osborn Lecture—Kairos Power: From University Conception to Mission-Driven Start-Up

Speaker: Per Peterson, Kairos Power, UC Berkeley

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Fluoride-salt cooled, high-temperature reactors (FHRs) combine existing technologies in a novel way, using high-temperature fuels from gas-cooled reactors with a low-pressure molten salt coolant. In the last decade, U.S. national laboratories and universities have addressed key scientific and technical questions for the licensing and deployment of FHRs, and have developed pre-conceptual FHR designs with different fuel geometries, core configurations, heat transport system configurations, power cycles, and power levels. Founded in 2016, Kairos Power, a mission-driven engineering company based in California, has built on the foundation laid by U.S. Department of Energy sponsored university Integrated Research Projects to design, license, and demonstrate the KP-FHR. This talk overviews the history of FHR technology and the major role played by universities, as well as Kairos Power’s mission to enable the world’s transition to clean energy.

Speaker: Per F. Peterson is the Chief Nuclear Officer for Kairos Power, where he guides nuclear technology review and advises on scientific and technical topics for KP-FHR technology development and licensing. Peterson also continues to hold the William and Jean McCallum Floyd Chair in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Peterson’s work has focused on high-temperature fission energy systems, as well as topics related to the safety and security of nuclear materials and waste management. Peterson’s research in the nineties contributed to the passive safety systems in the GE ESBWR and Westinghouse AP-1000 reactor designs. Peterson also participated in the development of the Generation IV Roadmap in 2002, and his 2003 Nuclear Technology article with Charles Forsberg and Paul Pickard identified salt-cooled, solid fuel reactors as a promising technology, today called fluoride salt-cooled, high temperature reactors (FHRs).
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