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NE Colloquium: Louis Qualls, National Technical Director for Molten Salt Reactors

Title: "Overview of Molten Salt Reactor Development Activities."

Three predominant salt reactor technology options are under consideration for early commercial deployment: (1) liquid-fueled fluoride-salt thermal-spectrum systems derived directly from the MSRE experience, (2) fluoride-salt high-temperature reactor (FHR) concepts using MSRE-derived salts to cool a solid fuel form, and (3) liquid-fueled chloride-salt fast-spectrum reactors. Each option follows from the historic MSR program, but differ in salt and material selections, neutron energy spectrums, and business strategies. The history of molten salt reactor development effort will be presented and efforts to overcome remaining commercialization challenges will be discussed.

Louis Qualls is the national technical director for molten salt reactors for the US Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy and also serves as the reactor technology integration lead for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division. In these roles, he works with the DOE to support industry efforts to develop and deploy commercial molten salt reactors. Lou has been a researcher at ORNL since 1988, working on a wide range of nuclear projects, including fusion energy, nuclear space power systems, and advanced fission reactor concepts. He holds a PhD in nuclear engineering from UT.

NOTE: The presentation will be available as a webcast.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Nuclear Engineering Building, 302
1412 Circle Drive Knoxville TN 37996

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