Titans Of Nuclear | Interviewing World Experts on Nuclear Energy
A podcast featuring interviews with experts throughout the Nuclear Energy field, covering advanced technology, economics, policy, industry, and more.
info_outline Ep 269: Roger Howsley - Executive Director , World Institute for Nuclear Security 07/14/2020
Ep 269: Roger Howsley - Executive Director , World Institute for Nuclear Security Roger tells Olu about his career from his start in health physics to becoming director of WINS. Roger describes how he has witnessed the change of perception go from negative to positive and negative again during his career. Roger describes the mission of WINS, security management and their relationship to the IAEA. WINS is trying to normalize attitudes towards nuclear security by breaking down communication barriers and integrating with safety.
info_outline Ep 268: David Otwoma - Chief Scientist, National Commission for Science Technology and Innovation" 07/07/2020
Ep 268: David Otwoma - Chief Scientist, National Commission for Science Technology and Innovation" 1) The birth of Kenya’s Radiation Protection Board and David Otwoma’s responsibilities as a radiation protection officer 2) A look into how David’s international travels as a safeguards inspector influenced his advisorship to Kenya’s national government 3) Kenya’s challenges in increasing electricity supply nationwide and how recent steps will ensure better access to electricity 4) David lays out the steps that need to be taken to retain talented young professionals in Kenya, with nuclear power as a key element
info_outline Ep 267: Donald Carlson - Retired Nuclear Engineer, IAEA 06/30/2020
Ep 267: Donald Carlson - Retired Nuclear Engineer, IAEA 1) Donald shares his introduction to HTGR technology under the mentorship of Professor Rudolf Schulten 2) How misconceptions of graphite fires affection public understanding of nuclear accidents 3) Why spent fuel pool storage is the riskiest part of light water nuclear reactors 4) How public perception, cost, and existing political structures impact nuclear policy around the world
info_outline Nuclear Technology Series - Space, Medicine, and Civilian Reactors 06/26/2020
Nuclear Technology Series - Space, Medicine, and Civilian Reactors In the final episode of the Nuclear Technology Series, Bret, Ed Pheil, and Andrew Daniels discuss the less common reactor uses and types such as for space travel, medical purposes, and everything in between. Be sure to listen to the previous episodes on Molten Salt, High-Temperature Gas, and Liquid Metal Reactors.
info_outline Nuclear Technology Series - Liquid Metal Reactors 06/25/2020
Nuclear Technology Series - Liquid Metal Reactors In part three of the Nuclear Technology Series, Bret continues his conversation with Andrew Daniels and Ed Pheil to discuss liquid metal reactors. Be sure to check out the first two installments of this series where the three discuss high temperature gas reactors and molten salt reactors.
info_outline Nuclear Technology Series - Molten Salt Reactors 06/24/2020
Nuclear Technology Series - Molten Salt Reactors In part two of our special Nuclear Technology Series, Bret, Andrew and Ed reconvene to discuss how molten salt reactors operate, the distinctions between which kinds they are, what type of salt is in them, and more. Be sure to check out part one in this series on high temperature gas reactors.
info_outline Nuclear Technology Series - High Temperature Gas Reactors 06/23/2020
Nuclear Technology Series - High Temperature Gas Reactors In the first episode of a four-part special miniseries, Bret Kugelmass invites Andrew Daniels (Author, After Fukushima) and Ed Pheil (Chief Technology Officer, Elysium Industries) to discuss nuclear technology. In this first episode, the three discuss high temperature gas reactors.
info_outline Ep 266: Wacław Gudowski - Professor Emeritus , Royal Institute of Technology KTH Stockholm 06/16/2020
Ep 266: Wacław Gudowski - Professor Emeritus , Royal Institute of Technology KTH Stockholm 1) History of Swedish nuclear policies and cooperation between science and industry 2) Accelerator Driven Systems 3) The role of communication and teaching in the success of nuclear 4) Generation IV reactors and their future
info_outline Ep 265: Craig Piercy - CEO, American Nuclear Society 06/09/2020
Ep 265: Craig Piercy - CEO, American Nuclear Society 1) Craig Piercy looks back on how his experience in policy led him to get involved with the American Nuclear Society 2) How the American Nuclear Society addresses challenging nuclear issues such as research funding and the public’s understanding of radiation 3) Craig analyzes the differences between risk-informed decisions related to COVID-19 and nuclear radiation and waste 4) Why nuclear power needs to be integral in combating climate change and the technical solutions that will get us there
info_outline Ep 264: Elizabeth Muller - Co-Founder and CEO, Deep Isolation 06/02/2020
Ep 264: Elizabeth Muller - Co-Founder and CEO, Deep Isolation 1) Liz’s engagement in climate change research with Berkeley Earth 2) Waste disposal start-up called Deep Isolation and horizontal drilling technology 3) Entrepreneurial experience of entering spent fuel management field 4) Challenges of waste disposal and future plans
info_outline Ep 263: Paul Dickman - Senior Policy Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory 05/26/2020
Ep 263: Paul Dickman - Senior Policy Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory 1) Paul Dickman provides an overview of his introduction to the nuclear space and his experience in nuclear waste and national security 2) How the Japanese government and electric utility managed the clean-up and community revitalization in the aftermath of Fukushima 3) A look at the concerns about dual use nuclear technology and how safeguard reviews are used to account for nuclear material 4) Conversations about radioactive waste and which different nuclear waste storage solutions were considered and vetted
info_outline Ep 262: Hee Yong Lee - Former Executive VP, Korea Electric Power Corporation 05/19/2020
Ep 262: Hee Yong Lee - Former Executive VP, Korea Electric Power Corporation 1) Hee Yong Lee explains how Korea initially got involved in nuclear power plant development and the implementation of different reactor technologies 2) How Korea has achieved harmony among the nuclear reactor builders and the role standardization in successful contracting 3) A look into priorities of different stakeholders when it comes to nuclear power plant construction and operation, specifically in Korean communities 4) Why Korea’s nuclear development has slowed down and opportunities for bringing nuclear energy to new, developing regions
info_outline Ep 261: Janne Wallenius - Chief Executive Officer, LeadCold Reactors 05/12/2020
Ep 261: Janne Wallenius - Chief Executive Officer, LeadCold Reactors 1) Janne Wallenius introduces his research at KTH in Stockholm, Sweden, focused on nuclear fuel development, and how it led him to lead-cooled reactor technology 2) How disclosure of Russian lead-cooled reactor technology impacted global research, leading to the creation of Janne’s advanced reactor designs and his company, LeadCold 3) Why material science is crucial to the long-term success of advanced reactor designs, with a focus on corrosion and irradiation tolerance 4) Janne provides an inside look into the process of commercializing a new reactor design and how he plans to bring it to market
info_outline Ep 260: Canon Bryan - CFO, Terrestrial Energy 05/05/2020
Ep 260: Canon Bryan - CFO, Terrestrial Energy 1) Canon Bryan explores his introduction to the natural resources industry and how it led him to a finance career in mining 2) How global industrialization led to a financial boom in the uranium mining sector 3) Canon maps out his five year path to discovering a new economical nuclear technology: molten salt reactors 4) A look at the economic viability of molten salt reactors as a competitor to natural gas power plants across the globe
info_outline Ep 259: Leslie Compton Kass - Senior Vice President, Technical Center, TC Energy 04/28/2020
Ep 259: Leslie Compton Kass - Senior Vice President, Technical Center, TC Energy Leslie Kass is the Executive Vice President of the Technical center at TC Energy, working to make sure TC Energy is a learning organization. She also sits on the board of Bruce nuclear power plant, which TC energy is a joint investor. Leslie believes now is the best time for energy companies to embrace effective communication strategies for the public and the local communities that they work in, taking an active role in telling the story of how they as the nuclear industry are adding value to the economy and providing clean-carbon free energy. Nuclear energy will remain an important part of the energy mix for many years to come, as nuclear is one of the most viable options for baseload capacity while generating zero emissions. Leslie recalls her time spent at NEI during the Fukushima accident and the crisis control she was part of managing, the responsibility of communicating and getting real facts out to a panicking public is particularly difficult but with strong collaboration between companies and individuals in the industry it was made possible.
info_outline Ep 258: Suzanne Jaworowski - Chief of Staff, Senior Advisor - Nuclear Energy, US Department of Energy 04/21/2020
Ep 258: Suzanne Jaworowski - Chief of Staff, Senior Advisor - Nuclear Energy, US Department of Energy 1) How Suzanne went from politics to energy 2) How she observed the way Indiana’s economics and energy affected each other 3) Bringing energy security to the U.S. and around the world 4) What is the best way to help provide energy security? 5) What is the Department of Energy doing to help communicate about nuclear energy? 6) Where is nuclear in 15 years?
info_outline Ep 257: Steve Nesbit - Former Director Nuclear Policy and Support, Duke Energy 04/14/2020
Ep 257: Steve Nesbit - Former Director Nuclear Policy and Support, Duke Energy 1. Steve's 35 years of experience in the nuclear industry, 2. The role of climate change, carbon emissions, and other factors in bring nuclear back into the conversation) 3. Steve runs through the projects he worked on while at duke energy that had the most impact on himself and his career. 4. Steve discusses his time leading the spent fuel management division at Duke Energy.
info_outline Ep 256: Edouard Hourcade - Group Manager, Jules Horowitz Experimental Reactor 04/08/2020
Ep 256: Edouard Hourcade - Group Manager, Jules Horowitz Experimental Reactor 1. Edouard’s background 2. Sodium Fast Reactor development and ASTRID project 3. Intellectual property and public communication after closing ASTRID program 4. Jules Horowitz reactor
info_outline Ep 255: John Ahlberg - Co-Founder, Kärnfull Energi 03/31/2020
Ep 255: John Ahlberg - Co-Founder, Kärnfull Energi 1) John Ahlberg introduces the social landscape of Sweden and gives us a brief into the public understanding and acceptance of nuclear energy. 2) How the idea for Kärnfull Energi, Sweden's first 100% nuclear electricity provider, came to John and his co-founder Christian, and how they set up the company and have been making positive waves since. 3) Outlook for Kärnfull Energi as they continue to grow, plans for the future of the company, and John's personal motivations for choosing the nuclear industry even though he has a different educational and professional background. 4) The importance of correct information passed on to the public so people understand the benefits of nuclear energy and begin the first steps in correcting the public discourse in Sweden.
info_outline Ep 254: Katie Tubb - Senior Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation 03/24/2020
Ep 254: Katie Tubb - Senior Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation 1) Katie Tubb discusses her journey into the nuclear energy sector, from an intern who admitted to know nothing about where energy comes from to to an advocate for innovative energy and environment policy. 2) Katie Tubb shares her passion for nuclear technology, the issues with the nuclear industry assuaging people’s fears without educating them, and what the Heritage Foundation is doing to educate America on the nuclear industry. 3) Katie Tubb discusses the Blue Ribbon Commission’s report and the fundamental errors in the Nuclear Waste Policy Act and how Finland has used consent-based siting successfully. 4) Katie Tubb shares her optimistic outlook on the future of nuclear waste in the United States.
info_outline Ep 253: Clinton Carter - Director, Fleet Modernization, Luminant 03/17/2020
Ep 253: Clinton Carter - Director, Fleet Modernization, Luminant 1) Clinton Carter discusses how he was involved in modernizing Comanche Peak, building the largest industrial wireless network, and expanding the idea to other locations over the course of his 35 year career there. 2) Clinton and Bret discuss how antiquated regulations slow innovation in the nuclear sector and what can be done to change the outlook of nuclear energy in the future. 3) Clinton shares the Utility Service Alliance’s $14 million industry demonstration funded in part by the Department of Energy. Clinton and and Bret discuss if there is a necessity for AI or machine learning in the nuclear industry. 4) Clinton discusses the importance of the legacy fleet of existing nuclear generating plants to ensure the future of nuclear and the nation.
info_outline Ep 252: Scott Hsu - Program Director, ARPA-E, Department of Energy 03/12/2020
Ep 252: Scott Hsu - Program Director, ARPA-E, Department of Energy 1) Scott Hsu reflects on his early interest in energy and how it led him to study plasma physics and magnetic reconnection 2) How the fusion program at ARPA-E was formed and how it has impacted the development of fusion technology 3) A review of some past and present fusion experiments and how they are being used in costing studies 4) How the marriage between technical and economic feasibility of fusion can bring change to the world
info_outline Ep 251: Julian Gadano - Deputy Secretary of Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Energy for Argentina 03/05/2020
Ep 251: Julian Gadano - Deputy Secretary of Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Energy for Argentina 1) Incorporating sociology into the nuclear sector 2) The Argentinian nuclear sector’s structure and reinvigorating the industry 3) The CAREM SMRs and the plan to commercialize and export these power reactors 4) Working towards a new nuclear by creating the need for nuclear power and supporting young nuclear professionals
info_outline An Update from Titans of Nuclear 01/31/2020
An Update from Titans of Nuclear Host Bret Kugelmass shares an update on when Titans of Nuclear will return from hiatus, what the Energy Impact Center has been working on in the interim, and delivers a live reading of his recently published op-ed "Want to stop climate change? Embrace the nuclear option."
info_outline Ep 250: Andrew Sherry - Chief Scientist, National Nuclear Laboratory 12/20/2019
Ep 250: Andrew Sherry - Chief Scientist, National Nuclear Laboratory 1) nuclear history in the UK starting with magnox power stations and advanced gas-cooled reactors
info_outline Ep 249: Adrienne Kelbie - Chief Executive, Office for Nuclear Regulation 12/19/2019
Ep 249: Adrienne Kelbie - Chief Executive, Office for Nuclear Regulation 1) Adrienne’s uncommon route to the nuclear sector via the Lottery Fund
info_outline Ep 248: Sainati Tristano - Lecturer in Project Management, University of Leeds 12/18/2019
Ep 248: Sainati Tristano - Lecturer in Project Management, University of Leeds 1) How Tristano Sainati transitioned from engineering to nuclear licensing regulation
info_outline Ep 247: Giorgio Locatelli - Economics and Strategy for Small Modular Reactors, University of Leeds 12/17/2019
Ep 247: Giorgio Locatelli - Economics and Strategy for Small Modular Reactors, University of Leeds 1) Giorgio Locatelli recounts his journey from Italy to the United States to learn about nuclear energy and how it became his career focus
info_outline Ep 246: Julia Pyke - Director of Financing for Sizewell C, EDF Energy 12/16/2019
Ep 246: Julia Pyke - Director of Financing for Sizewell C, EDF Energy (1) Restarting the UK’s nuclear industry with Sizewell C