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Kairos Power and Our Effort to Accelerate the Deployment of Advanced Reactors

Speaker: 
Mike Laufer

CEO, Kairos Power

Date/Time: 
Mon, 03/05/2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
3110 Etcheverry Hall
Spring 2018 Colloquium Series
Abstract: 

Kairos Power is a nuclear energy technology and engineering company based in the San Francisco Bay Area whose mission is to enable the world's transition to clean energy, with the ultimate goal of dramatically improving people's quality of life while protecting the environment.  This goal will be accomplished through the commercialization of the fluoride salt-cooled high temperature reactor (FHR) that can be deployed with robust safety, affordable costs, and flexible deployment.  Kairos Power's development roadmap is focused on prototype demonstration before 2030 followed by a large deployment ramp in U.S. electricity market in the late 2030s as a large fraction of the existing natural gas generating capacity will need to be replaced.  The Kairos Power team understands the long development time required for new energy technologies to come into the market, but are committed to finding new ways to accelerate the process and recognize that Kairos Power has the potential to transform our energy supply.

About the Speaker: 

Mike Laufer currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Kairos Power and is responsible for high level strategy and operations within the company.  Prior to co-founding Kairos Power, Dr. Laufer was a postdoctoral scholar at U.C. Berkeley where his research included work in reactor safety, design, licensing, and code validation for advanced non-light water reactors.  Dr. Laufer has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with Honors in International Security Studies from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.