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Webinar: Nuclear Power, Recycling and Advanced Reactors

  

The advantages of commercial nuclear power are numerous, whether one considers climate change, reliability of baseload electricity supply (especially in times of crisis) or national security. The reprocessing/recycling of spent nuclear fuel is thus important and offers new opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. The objective is to provide some insights into the nuclear fuel cycle, to highlight the benefits (technological and economic) of reprocessing/recycling spent nuclear fuel and provide an overview of the current state of development and commercialization of microreactors in the U.S.

Dr. Jon Carmack is currently a Senior Technical Advisor to the Office of Nuclear Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. He has been Senior Technical Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Nuclear Energy since March 2018. Cecile Evans is the Marketing and Strategic Development Director responsible for Orano's used fuel management, D&D and waste management activities. She is also Chair of the Nuclear Fuel cycle Section of the French Nuclear Society (SFEN). Alex Gilbert is a complex systems researcher who focuses on governance and market design for energy, nuclear, and space technologies. He is a Project Manager at the Nuclear Innovation Alliance, where he advances regulatory and policy reform for advanced reactors to support climate mitigation, with a focus on international licensing harmonization.

Moderator:

Isabella Ruble is an energy economist and senior researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC. Prior to this appointment she was an Associate Professor in Economics and held research and teaching positions in the U.S. and overseas.

Speakers:

Jon Carmack is currently a Senior Technical Advisor to the Office of Nuclear Energy. He has been Senior Technical Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Nuclear Energy since March 2018. He previously served as National Technical Director for the Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy Advanced Fuels Campaign. He began his career at the Idaho National Laboratory in 1991 in the Fuels and Materials Department after graduating with a BS and MS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington. He left the INL in 1999 and spent 5 years at BWX Technologies in Lynchburg, Virginia returning to the INL in 2004 to join the DOE Nuclear Technology Research and Development program. He obtained his PhD from the Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of Idaho in 2012, focusing on fuel-cladding chemical interaction formation in fast reactor metallic fuels. The NTRD Advanced Fuels Campaign is responsible for the DOE LWR Accident Tolerant Fuel Program as well as the development of advanced fuels for transmutation in advanced reactor systems.

Cecile Evans joined Orano, in 2002 as production manager at the Tricastin site. She moved to the commercial fuel cycle activity organisations for 6 years and held various positions in sales of front end products and Reprocessed Uranium recycling services. In 2011, she was appointed Project leader for the implementation of a new planning organization in sales and operations for used fuel recycling activities which covered La Hague, Melox activities and associated Logistics. In 2013, she moved to the Marketing and Strategic Development department to focus on the development of new innovative used fuel management systems. She is currently Marketing and Strategic Development Director responsible for Orano's used fuel management, D&D and waste management activities. She is also Chair of the Nuclear Fuel cycle Section of the French Nuclear Society (SFEN).

Alex Gilbert is a complex systems researcher who focuses on governance and market design for energy, nuclear, and space technologies. He is a Project Manager at the Nuclear Innovation Alliance, where he advances regulatory and policy reform for advanced reactors to support climate mitigation, with a focus on international licensing harmonization. Alex also conducts research on energy markets, energy security, and space policy as a non-resident Fellow at the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines. Previously, he worked in the private sector as an energy market analyst and climate policy consultant.