Kairos Power selects site for salt-cooled high-temperature test reactor

16 December 2020

Aerial view of the ETTP (Photo courtesy of Heritage Center, LLC)US-based Kairos Power announced that it plans to deploy it Hermes fluoride salt-cooled, high-temperature test reactor (KP-FHR) at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, pending completion of due diligence and the results of discussions with state and local officials.

“We are thrilled at the prospect of coming to East Tennessee,” said Michael Laufer, Co-Founder and CEO of Kairos Power. “The infrastructure available at ETTP, combined with its proximity to key collaborators at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory makes this a great location to demonstrate our technology. The successful commissioning of Hermes builds on our current technology development programmes and extensive engagement with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

“The Oak Ridge Corridor will be a great location for Kairos Power,” ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia said. “The national lab has a number of efforts under way to advance nuclear technologies, including world-class capabilities in molten salt reactors. We have worked with Kairos Power in the past and are pleased that they selected the ETTP site for this project.”

Kairos Power has executed a memorandum of understanding with Heritage Centre to acquire the former K-33 gaseous diffusion plant site at ETTP, subject to ongoing due diligence evaluations.

Photo: Kairos Power hopes to build a high-temperature test reactor at ETTP (Photo courtesy of Heritage Center, LLC)

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