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Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 | 05:30 pm - 06:30 pm EDT

Location:  Duke University Energy Initiative
United States

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In 2019, nuclear energy provided a whopping 55% of America’s carbon-free electricity. Yet the nation’s existing nuclear infrastructure is aging and there are virtually no new plants being built in the U.S. Research and development is underway on radical new designs for nuclear reactors that seek to completely change the paradigm for nuclear energy. What are these new technologies and what role might they play in helping decarbonize America’s energy future? What challenges are involved with moving these innovations from the lab to the marketplace? 

Experts on nuclear technology and policy will explore these questions at a July 14 webinar organized by the Duke University Energy Initiative. They’ll focus on advanced reactor designs that are highly automated, modular, and capable of being mass-manufactured. These designs promise improved features and dramatically reduced capital costs and operating expenses relative to the large-scale, one-of-a-kind reactors that make up the current U.S. nuclear fleet. The conversation will spotlight entrepreneurs who are currently pursuing commercialization of these innovative technologies—and the economic, regulatory, and social challenges they are facing. 

The webinar will feature insights from nuclear energy experts Dr. Rachel Slaybaugh (ARPA-E and UC Berkeley) and Jessica Lovering (Carnegie Mellon and Energy for Growth Hub). The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Eric Rohlfing, Energy Initiative executive-in-residence and former acting director of ARPA-E. Time will be reserved for audience Q&A.

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