TerraPower’s Extended Team
TerraPower has entered into working relationships with more than 80 corporations, universities and expert consultants to access the vast amount of nuclear energy knowledge and experience that has been developed in the corporate and academic sectors over the past 50 years. By developing a unique capability of working across national, corporate and academic lines, we have access to the best minds in the nuclear energy sector, including those who have implemented and managed large, complex international programs. This approach allows us to innovate in parallel, greatly speeding up the process to efficiently execute all the elements needed to develop, demonstrate and commercialize the traveling wave reactor (TWR).
TerraPower has agreements in place with many U.S. national laboratories, allowing partnerships between these federal research institutions with private sector companies and universities. We currently work with researchers from Idaho National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex. Our work with these institutions includes:
- Fuels and materials fabrication development
- Analysis and dose extension of material samples
- Neutron irradiation of materials
- Fuel-clad chemical interaction (FCCI)
- Post irradiation exams (PIE) of fuels and materials
- Fuel performance modeling
Several national labs also provide historic data from previous fast reactor designs.
TerraPower creates new supply chains as we proceed to get our technology deployed. We are partnering with companies that bring specialized expertise and spurring growth in new industries in the process. As we approach our goal of building a new class of nuclear energy plants, TerraPower will require components and materials from a wide range of domestic and foreign vendors. From sealing and sensor systems to heat exchangers, we continue to grow our roster of private-sector partners. Our domestic business partners include AECOM, ARES Corporation, Babcock and Wilcox Company, Brayton Energy, Burns and Roe, The Cameron Group, Columbia Basin Consulting Group, LLC, Creative Engineers, Inc., Cryogenic Consulting Service, Curtiss-Wright Corporation, Invensys, M&D Professional Services, and NuVision Engineering.
Inquisitive minds foster innovation, so TerraPower engages the academic research community to apply the benefits of their forward thinking. Our university collaborations not only support the development of the next generation of nuclear engineers and physicists, but also put to use the valuable research facilities available at American universities.
- Our work with the Ion Beam Laboratory at the University of Michigan is bringing new life to HT-9, a steel alloy originally developed for historic fast reactors. Their research will confirm how different microstructures of steel perform.
- Researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are working on fuel-clad chemical interaction (FCCI) barrier development.
- Students from Texas A&M University’s nuclear program are fabricating fuels and materials for the TWR.
Other university partners include the University of California, Berkeley, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Oregon State University.
The TWR is a global energy solution. In this spirit, we collaborate with a variety of international organizations that offer specialized experience and testing facilities related to fast reactor technologies.
- We are working with Japan’s Kobe Steel, Ltd. to fabricate innovative steel alloys that will contribute to the use of the best materials possible for tubing, ducts and packaging for our fuel.
- The Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute is assisting with fuels and materials research.
- Collaboration with Russia’s Scientific Research Institute of Atomic Reactors has resulted in the establishment of an irradiation fuel program for TWR development.
Additional overseas partners include the TVEL Fuel Company, State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM, A.A. Bochvar High-technology Research Institute of Inorganic Materials and China Experimental Fast Reactor.