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  • Monday, June 24, 2019
  • Alaska Applications Discussed at Nuclear Microreactor Workshop

The Microreactor Workshop held June 18-20 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, was coordinated by the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear organization. The event brought together a cross-section of representatives from the microreactor industry, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, and multiple universities and community stakeholders.

ACEP’s George Roe participated as an invited speaker at the event, which attracted over 130 people. Topics discussed included presentations on the status of microreactor developers; current DOE efforts in fuels development, modeling and analysis; test and instrumentation capabilities; regulatory considerations; and user needs.

Roe reviewed energy use in Alaska energy. He shared highlights and issues identified during the Nuclear Microreactor Information Session held April 18 in Anchorage, and he discussed possible uses for microreactors in Alaska. Information from the meeting will be used to help Alaskans maintain awareness of ongoing developments with the microreactor technology. The meeting agenda and presentations will be accessible via the GAIN website.


George Roe shared Alaska heat and power requirements of possible interest to the microreactor industry. Photo courtesy of GAIN.