Rapid Iterations in Nuclear Innovation: A Key to Fighting Climate Change


Date: Wednesday, 26 January 2022
Time: 6:30–7:30pm PST presentation, 7:30-8:00pm PST Q&A via online chat
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Host: IEEE SCV Life Members Affinity Group
Co-Sponsors: IEEE SCV Technology & Engineering Management Society, IEEE SCV Power & Energy Society

Kairos Power is a mission-driven engineering and manufacturing company developing an innovative, carbon-free technology with the intent to enable the world’s transition to clean energy. Our fluoride salt-cooled, high-temperature reactor combines existing technologies in a novel way, using high-temperature fuels from gas-cooled reactors with a low-pressure molten salt coolant. It is clean, passively safe, and – most importantly – affordable.

While the conventional nuclear development cycle is long, slow, and capital intensive, Kairos Power is embracing a rapid iterative approach to deploy advanced reactor technology at a cost competitive with natural gas. Through a series of successive major hardware demonstrations enabled by a vertical integration strategy, Kairos is mitigating technical, licensing, manufacturing, and construction risk while establishing cost certainty.

This novel approach represents a paradigm shift in nuclear development – one that is necessary for nuclear to expand its role in the fight against climate change.

Speaker: Ed Blandford, the CTO of Kairos Power.
Dr. Edward Blandford is a Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer of Kairos Power. He is responsible for technology development, experimental testing, modeling and simulation, as well as fuels and materials activities at Kairos Power.

Prior to co-founding Kairos Power, he was at the University of New Mexico where he was an assistant professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering. Dr. Blandford was also a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He also worked for several years as a project manager at the Electric Power Research Institute focusing on steam generator thermal-hydraulics and material degradation management.

Dr. Blandford has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.