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NE Colloquium: Edward Blandford

Title: "From University Conception to Mission-Driven Startup to the Hermes Low-Power Demonstration Reactor"

NOTE: This colloquium has changed to a virtual-only event. See details below for Zoom information.

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, US 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 the US Department of Energy sponsored research to design, license, and demonstrate the KP-FHR in the form of a low-power demonstration reactor, Hermes, in East Tennessee. This talk overviews Kairos Power as a company, our development approach, and an update on the Hermes project.


Edward Blandford is a Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Kairos Power. He is responsible for technology development, experimental testing, modeling and simulation, as well as fuels and materials activities at Kairos Power. Prior to co-founding Kairos Power, he was at the University of New Mexico where he was an assistant professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering. Blandford was also a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He also worked for several years as a project manager at the Electric Power Research Institute focusing on steam generator thermal-hydraulics and material degradation management. Blandford has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles and a MS and PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Zoom Meeting ID: 92322625761
Password: 499282

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Virtual Event
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Lectures & Presentations




Current Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, Prospective Students


NE Colloquium, NE Fall 2021


Nuclear Engineering
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