Nuclear reactor workshop spotlights collaboration, progress

Experts in advanced nuclear reactors gathered at the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to share progress in molten salt technology with the hope that their work will move molten salt reactors (MSRs) from concept to construction in the coming years.

The two-day workshop, "Moving MSRs Forward—The Next Steps", took place October 4–5 and included nearly 200 attendees from national labs, industry, utilities, reactor design firms, and international development companies. Presentations and roundtable discussions focused on work that took place in the last year and challenges facing the molten salt community in further developing the technology. This year's meeting was the successor to the inaugural 2015 workshop that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the startup of the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment (MSRE) at ORNL.

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Video: Molten Salt Reactor Experiment

This film was produced in 1969 by Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the United States Atomic Energy Commission to inform the public regarding the history, technology, and milestones of the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment (MSRE). Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Molten Salt Reactor Experiment was designed to assess the viability of liquid fuel reactor technologies for use in commercial power generation. It operated from January 1965 through December 1969, logging more than 13,000 hours at full power during its four-year run. The MSRE was designated a nuclear historic landmark in 1994.