Nuclear energy is already the largest source of zero carbon baseload electricity. The further deployment of new nuclear energy capacity in support of net zero carbon production goals is a logical extension. However, many changes in our design and operating strategy are necessary to effectively and efficiently address the need for process heat, district heating and hydrogen production in addition to electric generation. Digital twins are an important component of the path forward, providing an opportunity to explore the deployment space for new systems, to optimize operations and maintenance planning, and to enhance control strategies of these facilities supporting new missions. Digital twins bring together model based system engineering capabilities with sophisticated data management and integration strategies to facilitate design, planning, and real-time decision making. The panel will discuss the state of the art in digital twin technologies, considering each of these aspects.

Keynote Introduction

Adam Drobot
Chairman of the Board
OpenTechWorks, Inc.

The keynote introduction will be followed by opening remarks from the panelists listed below.


  • Chris Ritter (Department Manager, Digital Engineering and Director, Digital Innovation Center of Excellence, Idaho National Laboratory)
  • Han- Young Yoon (Head, Innovative System Safety Research Department, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute)
  • DeLeah Lockridge (Acting Group Leader, Nuclear Operations and Licensing, Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

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