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Is Nuclear Power Green Power? Small Modular Reactors and the New Nuclear Era

YCSF is co-sponsoring this lecture through the Harvard Club of San Francisco's Cleantech Thought Leader Series. Yale Club member receive the member price.

Thursday January 21, 2010
6:30-7:00 pm – Buffet dinner
7:00-8:30 pm – Talk and Q&A

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
3420 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304  

Members & Co-Sponsoring Orgs: $25
Non-Members: $45 | Walk-ins: $65
Cost includes dinner.
Members may bring one guest at member price.
Registration required by Wed Jan. 20, 2010; no refunds after 1/18/2010.

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Join us for the next installment of our Cleantech Thought Leader Series on Thursday January 21, 2010. We'll meet at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto for an evening presentation and panel discussion with nuclear energy entrepreneurs and investors commercializing the next generation of nuclear-generated electricity with small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) technology.

Eric Wesoff, Senior Analyst at Greentech Media Research will present findings from his forthcoming report "Small Modular Nuclear Reactors: The Economies of Small" and will moderate the discussion and Q&A with industry leaders.

Confirmed panelists:

  • Dr. Paul Lorenzini – Co-Founder & CEO of NuScale Power, an Oregon-based startup aiming to commercialize "small" 45 megawatt multi-application nuclear reactors based on a light water reactor (LWR) concept developed out of a DOE-sponsored research collaboration. NuScale aims to replace economy of scale with "economy of replication," offering combinable, modular reactors that are completely factory fabricated.
  • Michael Shepherd – VP Business Development – B&W Modular Nuclear Energy, LLC, The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W). B&W provides design, engineering, manufacturing, construction and facility management services to the nuclear, renewable and fossil power industries. B&W also makes the B&W mPower™, a scalable, modular 125–750 MWe reactor.
  • Maurice Gunderson – Venture capitalist with CMEA Capital and Senior Partner in the firm's Energy & Materials group where he specializes in thermodynamics and energy technologies. Maurice also sits on the board of NuScale Power. Prior to joining CMEA, Maurice co-founded Nth Power, one of the country's first VC firms devoted to energy technology.
  • Jeff Hamel – Senior Project Manager in the Advanced Nuclear Technology Program at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Jeff overseas research on deployment of advanced light water reactor (LWR) nuclear plants, development of the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) GEN IV technology, and technical and commercial support for integrated spent fuel management strategy.

Meet with the pioneers and learn how Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) are making nuclear-generated electricity safe and affordable.

Email inquiries to Series Chair, Augie Rakow: augierakow@post.harvard.edu

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is an independent, non-profit company performing research, development and design in the electricity sector for the benefit of the public.

The HCSF Cleantech Thought Leader Series is an ongoing program of the Harvard Club of San Francisco featuring thought leaders working on the front lines of clean energy technology.  Series chair Augie Rakow is an intellectual property attorney and Harvard Club of SF board member.  The Yale Club of San Francisco is proud to co-sponsor this program. 

Sponsor Alston & Bird LLP is a national law firm with expertise in regulatory, finance, land use and intellectual property aspects of cleantech law.

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