United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21)
PARIS, FRANCE – Advanced Reactor Concepts LLC (ARC) was invited by the U.S. Department of Energy to participate in a panel discussion held during the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, 2015. The Dec. 7, 2015, panel entitled “Nuclear Power: A Sustainable Clean Power Source, with Special Keynote by U.S. Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz” consisted of Dr. Ernest Moniz (opening speaker), Dr. John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology (closing remarks), Dr. Kemal Pasamehmetoglu, Idaho National Laboratory (panel moderator) and representatives of three potential future U.S. based vendors of Small Modular Reactor (SMR) nuclear power plants – ARC, NuScale Energy and X-Energy.
Dr. Moniz and Dr. Holdren each separately addressed the importance of de-carbonizing the supply of electricity over the next two decades in order to have a fair chance to achieve the conference climate change goals. Also, they emphasized the importance of nuclear power in accomplishing these goals. John Hopkins, CEO of NuScale Energy, presented its Power Module, an SMR utilizing light water technology. Jeff Hopkins, Exec. Director Strategy of X-Energy, presented its Xe-100, a pebble-bed high temperature gas-cooled SMR. And, Donald Wolf, CEO of ARC, presented its ARC-100 SMR, a sodium cooled fast reactor utilizing metal fuel.