On August 12, 2019 Dr. Lou Qualls will speak to the Technical Society about the new molten salt reactor. Our nation has a need for baseload electric power and many of the existing nuclear power plants will soon be up for license renewal. It is unlikely that any conventional nuclear power plants will be built in the future. What will be the future of nuclear power?
The Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) has selected Lou Qualls as the national technical director for molten salt reactors . In his new role, Qualls—a nuclear engineer who joined DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1988—will serve as a liaison among the nuclear industry, the national laboratory system and Department of Energy in defining the future of molten salt reactor technology in the United States.
Dr.. Qualls has said “If we are going to replace the current fleet of reactors with new technology, we need to begin focused efforts immediately. The nuclear industry needs to become better at evolving and incorporating new technology and molten salt reactors provide that opportunity.”
future Technical Society programs:
September 9: Dr. Edgar Lara-Curzio, ORNL: Alternative uses of coal in carbon fiber production.
October 7: Tom Leonard, General Manager, Sevier County Solid Waste, Inc.: Solid waste recycling.
November 4: John Halliwell will speak about electric vehicles with focus on the charging infrastructure.
December 9: TBA