US companies collaborate on molten salt reactor

28 May 2020

US-based Kairos Power and Materion Corporation has announced the formation of a strategic collaboration to develop a reliable and cost-effective supply of salt coolant for high-temperature molten salt reactors. This coolant is a key component of Kairos Power’s fluoride salt-cooled, high-temperature reactors (KP-FHR).

Under the agreement, Materion will supply beryllium fluoride, expert technical consultation, key interfaces, and support services.

The KP-FHR, an advanced reactor technology being commercialised by Kairos Power, is a zero-carbon source of electricity with cost targets that are competitive with natural gas combined cycle plants, the company said. 

“The collaboration with Materion creates a powerful combination that builds on the unique capabilities of both companies,” said Michael Laufer, CEO and co-founder of Kairos Power.

“For decades, Materion has proven that they are a reliable supplier that can deliver specialised materials across many types of applications, including reactor technology, and this agreement will make a major impact in our ability to accelerate the deployment of our advanced reactor technology and to enable the world’s transition to clean energy,” he said.

Jugal Vijayvargiya, president and CEO of Materion commented: “We look forward to collaborating with Kairos Power in this exciting win-win opportunity. It underscores Materion’s ability as a leading solution provider of advanced materials to consistently leverage new market opportunities for our products and services, while supporting Kairos’ important mission of providing clean and sustainable energy for the future.”


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