Anybody who is anybody, was anybody or will be anybody in the nuclear world is likely to turn up at the Nuclear Energy Assembly. Engineers, executives, policy makers, vendors and experts from home and abroad will give presentations or listen to them, or engage in a lot of off-the-floor side conversations about what is going on in the industry, and how it fits into the larger energy world. Many of the speakers come from outside the industry.
And there will be the annual informal competition where industry veterans try to stump each other with acronyms.
Reactors are coming (Watts Bar 2, Vogtle and Summer) and going (Vermont Yankee, San Onofre and Kewaunee) and there is likely to be something interesting to be heard about all of them. The future – small modular reactors, fast reactors, and new technologies for existing reactors – will also be present. Uranium mining, enrichment, fuel fabrication, refueling strategies, reprocessing concepts, waste management and disposal - the whole nuclear life cycle – will all be on the table.
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