INL News Release
Nov. 30, 2020

Donna Kemp Spangler, 208-716-5113,
Sarah Neumann, 208-520-1651,

National Reactor Innovation Center’s webinar features TerraPower, X-energy

IDAHO FALLS – The National Reactor Innovation Center’s (NRIC) second webinar in its series, “What Inspires Us,” will focus on the recent U.S. Department of Energy awards to TerraPower and X-energy to build their advanced nuclear reactors by 2027.

Ashley Finan, director of NRIC, will moderate this 90-minute webinar from 2:30-4 p.m. ET; 12:30-2 p.m. MT on Dec. 2, 2020. It will feature conversations with Chris Levesque, president and chief executive officer of TerraPower and Clay Sell, chief executive officer of X-energy.

“There is a lot of excitement and enthusiasm for these projects,” Finan said. “This is an opportunity to learn more and ask questions.”

The DOE Office of Nuclear Energy selected TerraPower LLC for its Natrium sodium-cooled high-temperature reactor design and X-energy for its Xe-100 high-temperature gas-cooled reactor design for $80 million award negotiations under the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program.

NRIC will facilitate access to DOE’s national lab resources, which can help the companies test and assess advanced reactor development technologies to move reactors from blueprints to reality.

NRIC’s webinar series, “What Inspires Us,” kicked off Sept. 29, 2020, with an overview of NRIC. It included conversations with Mark Peters, laboratory director at Idaho National Laboratory, and Suzanne Baker, creative director at the University of Michigan’s Fastest Path to Zero Initiative and founder of Good Energy Collective. Both speakers talked about what inspires them to promote nuclear energy as part of the broader clean energy initiative.

Scheduling for the upcoming webinar:

NRIC’s “What Inspires Us,” Webinar Series Event #2

Featuring: Chris Levesque, president and chief executive officer of TerraPower, and
Clay Sell, chief executive officer of X-energy

Dec. 2, 2020

2:30-4 p.m. ET; 12:30-2 p.m. MT

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