Small-Scale Nuclear Vendors Answer Fairbanks’ Questions

Small-Scale Nuclear Vendors Answer Fairbanks’ Questions

The Fairbanks community had a chance to hear about new small-scale nuclear technology Thursday, Oct. 13. Representatives from five vendors in Fairbanks for a site visit to Eielson Air Force Base answered questions during a community forum at the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center.

Over 100 people attended the event in person, and there were more than 150 views on the YouTube livestream of the meeting hosted by the Alaska Center for Energy and Power and the Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation. Attendees to both formats submitted written questions, which were framed and asked by moderator Gwen Holdmann, UAF associate vice chancellor of research, innovation and industry partnerships.

Fuel, its management and transportation were common themes in questions, as well as the meaning of “walk-away safe.”  The term, used by all the vendors, refers to the fact that the small amount of fuel present and the reactor designs make it impossible to have a catastrophic failure like those seen in legacy reactors. Other questions centered on economics, efficiency and workforce development.

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Oklo siting lead, Emma Redfoot, presents to attendees of the small-scale nuclear energy town hall energy discussion meeting at the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center, on Oklo's nuclear energy technologies. Photo by Jeff Fisher.