Titans Of Nuclear | Interviewing The World Experts On Nuclear Energy


A podcast featuring interviews with experts throughout the Nuclear Energy field, covering advanced technology, economics, policy, industry, and much more.


  • Ep. 263 - Paul Dickman, Argonne National Laboratory

    Ep. 263 - Paul Dickman, Argonne National Laboratory

    26/05/2020 Duração: 49min

    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

  • Ep. 262 - Hee Yong Lee, Korea Electric Power Corporation

    Ep. 262 - Hee Yong Lee, Korea Electric Power Corporation

    19/05/2020 Duração: 33min

    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

  • Ep. 261 - Janne Wallenius, LeadCold Reactors

    Ep. 261 - Janne Wallenius, LeadCold Reactors

    12/05/2020 Duração: 37min

    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

  • Ep. 260 - Canon Bryan, Terrestrial Energy

    Ep. 260 - Canon Bryan, Terrestrial Energy

    05/05/2020 Duração: 40min

    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

  • Ep. 259 - Leslie Compton Kass, TC Energy

    Ep. 259 - Leslie Compton Kass, TC Energy

    28/04/2020 Duração: 30min

    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 in

  • Ep. 258 - Suzanne Jaworowski, US Department of Energy

    Ep. 258 - Suzanne Jaworowski, US Department of Energy

    21/04/2020 Duração: 23min

    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?

  • Ep. 257 - Steve Nesbit, Duke Energy

    Ep. 257 - Steve Nesbit, Duke Energy

    14/04/2020 Duração: 37min

    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.

  • Ep. 256 - Edouard Hourcade, Jules Horowitz Experimental Reactor

    Ep. 256 - Edouard Hourcade, Jules Horowitz Experimental Reactor

    08/04/2020 Duração: 59min

    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

  • Ep. 255 - John Ahlberg, Kärnfull Energi

    Ep. 255 - John Ahlberg, Kärnfull Energi

    31/03/2020 Duração: 41min

    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.

  • Ep. 254 - Katie Tubb, Heritage Foundation

    Ep. 254 - Katie Tubb, Heritage Foundation

    24/03/2020 Duração: 33min

    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.

  • Ep. 253 - Clinton Carter, Luminant

    Ep. 253 - Clinton Carter, Luminant

    17/03/2020 Duração: 33min

    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.

  • Ep. 252 - Scott Hsu, Department of Energy

    Ep. 252 - Scott Hsu, Department of Energy

    12/03/2020 Duração: 52min

    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

  • Ep. 251 - Julian Gadano, Fmr. Undersecretary of Nuclear Energy for Argentina

    Ep. 251 - Julian Gadano, Fmr. Undersecretary of Nuclear Energy for Argentina

    05/03/2020 Duração: 52min

    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

  • Introducing OPEN100

    Introducing OPEN100

    25/02/2020 Duração: 29min

    Bret Kugelmass is interviewed by Robert Dillon about the OPEN100 project presented by the Energy Impact Center. Learn more about OPEN100 at www.open-100.com

  • An Update from Titans of Nuclear

    An Update from Titans of Nuclear

    31/01/2020 Duração: 09min

    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."

  • Ep. 250 - Andrew Sherry, National Nuclear Laboratory

    Ep. 250 - Andrew Sherry, National Nuclear Laboratory

    20/12/2019 Duração: 45min

    1) Andrew Sherry and Bret Kugelmass discuss nuclear history in the UK starting with magnox power stations and advanced gas-cooled reactors through the “dash for gas” in the 1980s and today's Nuclear Innovation Program. 2) The UK is the first country to agree to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. How nuclear could be an affordable solution by using a fleet approach, advanced manufacturing, and modular construction. 3) Andrew Sherry shares six key ways to promote nuclear innovation and affordability after a cross-sector innovation roundtable including technology, leadership, collaboration, risk, financing, and regulation. 4) How to implement innovation from other sectors and what the nuclear industry can learn from the US space industry and Elon Musk

  • Ep. 249 - Adrienne Kelbie, Office for Nuclear Regulation

    Ep. 249 - Adrienne Kelbie, Office for Nuclear Regulation

    19/12/2019 Duração: 45min

    1) Adrienne’s uncommon route to the nuclear sector via the Lottery Fund 2) How the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is modernizing to engage in Advanced Nuclear Technologies (ANT) and increase accessibility 3) Changing the UK nuclear regulation process to decrease cost and foster innovation 4) Securing the future of the ONR by diversifying employee skill sets and focusing on outcomes

  • Ep. 248 - Sainati Tristano, University of Leeds

    Ep. 248 - Sainati Tristano, University of Leeds

    18/12/2019 Duração: 41min

    1) How Tristano Sainati transitioned from engineering to nuclear licensing regulation and what nuclear licensing frameworks are. 2) The prescriptive-based approach and performance-based approach to nuclear regulatory frameworks and how they may discourage innovation and nuclear competitiveness against other energy sources 3) The history of how international nuclear regulation began, spurred by the Chernobyl accident, and the lasting effects of a conservative approach to nuclear safety even today 4) How the future of nuclear power depends upon a perspective shift from innovation to legislation, requires mass production to reduce nuclear cost, needs a climate change led strategy, and requires governments to be brave.

  • Ep. 247 - Giorgio Locatelli, University of Leeds

    Ep. 247 - Giorgio Locatelli, University of Leeds

    17/12/2019 Duração: 55min

    1) Giorgio Locatelli recounts his journey from Italy to the United States to learn about nuclear energy and how it became his career focus 2) How economic climate and project funding choices affect the global development of nuclear reactors 3) A look at the feasibility of nuclear reactor design and construction, both small and large 4) Giorgio provides a summary of the UK’s investigation into SMR financing methods and how regulations affect cost

  • Ep. 246 - Julia Pyke , EDF Energy

    Ep. 246 - Julia Pyke , EDF Energy

    16/12/2019 Duração: 32min

    1) Restarting the UK’s nuclear industry with Sizewell C 2) Copying the Hinkley design to save time and money and strengthen the UK’s supply chain 3) Turning to private capital and the regulated asset based model to finance Sizewell C 4) Incorporating “no regret” changes for Sizewell C to become a potential energy center

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