NUC E Seminar Series: A Plethora of Advanced Reactor Startups: What Does This Mean?


Twenty years ago, there existed only a handful of U.S.-based or affiliated nuclear plant vendors offering designs, all LWRs, for the North American market. Today those companies have largely pulled out of the new LWR business, at least outside of Asia. Instead, a host of new startups have emerged, each working on what they believe will be the design that will be the future of nuclear power. Who are these companies? What are they trying to sell? And what are their prospects and those of the nuclear industry in general? This talk will offer one nuke’s perspective.


Hans Gougar has specialized in advanced reactor design and analysis methods since joining the INL in 1998. After taking a sabbatical year in 2008 to work as a consultant to the PBMR Company of South Africa, he returned to the INL to work in the Advanced Reactor Technology Development Office which manages the Department of Energy’s High Temperature Reactor R&D program. Gougar earned a bachelor’s degree in science education from the University of Wisconsin in 1985 and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from Penn State in 2004. He moonlights as an affiliate professor of nuclear engineering at Idaho State University.


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