Economic, environmental, and political pressures are consistent powers of change. Over the past several decades, nuclear has remained the principle force for reliable, cost-effective electricity and clean, carbon-free energy. However, it is no secret that sufficient change in the energy market has accumulated, leading to a tipping point for nuclear power within the United States. As in all other markets, nuclear must adapt to survive and remain a critical cog in America's energy portfolio. Integrated energy systems, expanding the nuclear energy market beyond electricity to thermal heat applications and flexible operation, may be the key to nuclear's existence in the 21st century and beyond. In this session, various panelists will highlight the ongoing research for development and deployment of such systems and provide examples from use cases that are currently being analyzed for further discussion on technical merits and foreseen challenges.


  • Richard Christensen (Univ. of Idaho)
  • Konor Frick (Idaho National Laboratory)
  • Cliff Ho (Sandia)
  • Roberto Ponciroli (ANL)
  • TJ Morton (INL)


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