Plenary Sessions

Opening Plenary – Part 1 The Need for Innovation in Nuclear Energy Technology:                                                         

Monday, April 18, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

At the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris, 20 nations committed to “Mission Innovation,” to make the investments needed to accelerate the clean energy revolution.   This plenary session will outline visions and strategies for accelerating innovation in nuclear energy, to maximize its future benefits as a key source of clean energy.

Stephen Kuczynski, Chairman, President and CEO, Southern Nuclear Operating Company

Shane Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science and Technology Innovation, DOE Office of Nuclear Energy

Dr. Mark Peters, Director, Idaho National Laboratory (Speaker Confirmed)Neil M. Wilmshurst, Vice President and CNO, EPRI

Michael Shellenberger, Co-Founder and Senior Fellow, The Breakthrough Institute

Opening Plenary – Part 2 Innovation Worldwide-Views from Around the World:                                                               

Monday, April 18, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Worldwide, key efforts are underway to accelerate innovation and enable deployment of new nuclear energy infrastructure. This plenary session will highlight key activities and advances around the world, and discuss future directions for the role of nuclear energy.

James Brennan, Senior Vice President Engineering Center of Excellence, Westinghouse Electric Company

Takafumi Anegawa, Chief Nuclear Officer and Former Head of R&D, Tokyo Electric Power Company, Japan

Mr. Koo Woun Park , President and CEO, KEPCO E&C, South Korea

Fiona Rayment, Fuel Cycle Solutions Director, National Nuclear Laboratory, United Kingdom,

Plenary 2 New Plant Design and Construction:                                                                                                                             

Monday, April 18, 4:20 pm – 6:00 pm

The new light water reactor designs now in licensing and deployment provide key lessons for nuclear innovation. This plenary session will describe opportunities and challenges faced in current licensing and deployment efforts, and provide diverse perspectives on next steps and innovation priorities.

Eugene Grecheck, President, American Nuclear Society

Kumiaki Moriya, Corporate Chief Engineer, Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.

Pierre Oneid, Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer, Holtec International

John Gilleland, Chief Technical Officer, TerraPower (Speaker Confirmed)

Josh Freed, Vice President for the Clean Energy Program, Third Way

Plenary 3 Keeping the Operating Plants Healthy and Active:                                                                                                 

Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 am – 9:45 am

Existing nuclear plants around the world provide the most important test beds where innovations in operations and maintenance are tested and deployed. The major advances in plant reliability achieved over the last few decades have maintained nuclear energy as the world’s largest source of clean electricity, but further advances are needed to keep operating plants healthy and active. This plenary session will highlight recent advances, and explore innovative visions for the future of plant operations, maintenance, flexible response, and life extension.

Mr. Mamoru Hatazawa, Vice President of Power Systems Company and Head of Nuclear Business and Technology, Toshiba, Japan

Ken Christian, Manager of Plant Technical and Equipment Reliability, INPO, USA

Ms. Maria Teresa (Maite) Dominguez, Director, Advanced Projects, Empresarios Argrupados, Spain

Donald Hoffman, President and CEO, Excel Services, USA

Plenary 4 Can Nuclear Catch up with 21st Century Technologies?                                                                                              

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 8:00 am – 9:30 am 

There’s a paradox facing the nuclear power industry. On one hand, an exciting range of new fission and fusion reactor technologies has spawned a number of startups. But at the same time, market dynamics and regulatory stiffness have conspired against the uptake of technologies developed in other fields that could bring new options and benefits to the nuclear sector. This plenary session will highlight such innovation opportunities in the fields of robotics, additive manufacturing, shipyard construction and nano-technology.

The MIT Cheetah: A legged Robot for Disaster Response; How Robotics Can Help to Automate Operations, Maintenance & Emergency Response in Nuclear Plants – Sangbae Kim, Professor and Director, Biomimetic Robotics Lab, MIT

Shipyard Construction: Nuclear Submarines are Built In Less Than 36 Months; Can Nuclear Power Plants Follow Suite? – Gunnar Johnson, Head of Hull Design, Marine Analysis and Layout, Sevan Marine.

Additive Manufacturing: A Revolutionary Technology for Fabrication of Complex Geometries– Chris Spadaccini, Director, Center for Engineered Materials, Manufacturing and Optimization, Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

Nano-Engineered Materials for Nuclear Applications – Dong Chan Jang, Professor and Director Radiation Materials and Nanomechanics Lab, KAIST.