IX Power Names Dr. Otis (Pete) Peterson Chief Nuclear Reactor Designer

LOS ALAMOS, NEW MEXICO, June 18, 2012 — IX Power CEO John R (Grizz) Deal announced today that Dr. Otis (Pete) Peterson has been named Chief Nuclear Reactor Designer at the firm. According to Deal, Dr. Peterson’s first assignment in his new role will be to lead a global team evaluating medium-size nuclear reactor designs for commercialization by IX Power.

Dr. Peterson was a co-founder and the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) at Hyperion Power Generation (now Gen4 Energy), which was founded in May 2007 by Deal, Peterson, Dr. Robert L. (Bob) Libutti, and Deborah Deal-Blackwell. Peterson’s revolutionary work in small reactor designs laid the foundation for Hyperion Power’s product offering which provided many in the United States, including members of Congress, with their first introduction to what would come to be known as SMRs: Small Modular Reactors.

In September 2011, Peterson, along with the other Hyperion Power co-founders plus Randall Wilson, former CFO and COO of Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC) formed IX Power to commercialize safe power and clean water technologies from U.S., U.K., and Russian national Laboratories.

“We are obviously pleased Dr. Peterson can focus 100% of his efforts on IX Power now,” said IX Power companies CEO John R. (Grizz) Deal. “His contributions and efforts to the nuclear power industry are one of the principal reasons there is now a modern, commercial Small and Modular Reactor (SMR) category of nuclear power plants.”

Since the inception of IX Power last summer, Dr. Peterson has been focused on evaluating and validating dozens of innovations at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). IX Power has a long-term Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with LANL for power and water technologies and is launching three LANL innovations during 2012 as fully developed products.

IX Power and the IX Power Foundation were formed to jump-start solutions to the global need for safe power and clean water. Bringing an experienced world-class team and technologies from U.S., U.K., and Russian national laboratories, the company is incorporating both fresh and proven innovations to create advanced solutions that can be rapidly developed and deployed. The IX Power team has been commercializing new technologies for over 20 years; turning ideas into products, securing “lead-launch” customers, and providing a platform to grow product lines into complete enterprises.

The company is based in Los Alamos, New Mexico, U.S.A. Its international headquarters is located in London and run by Dr. Edward (Ned) Swan.


Iran is working on a nuclear submarine! What do you think?

Eeeek!  A loophole …!  Who decided that nuclear submarines were for “civilian use?”   

Does the rest of the world want Iran to have one of these?

Iran says it is justified in the production of highly enriched uranium because it is needed for the country’s nuclear submarines. It says that using nuclear power to fuel submarines is among the civilian uses of the nuclear technology and so it has a right to develop the submarines.

Ack! Is this justification justified? Should nuclear submarines be considered a “civilian use” of nuclear technology? Is this a bad loophole that needs to be closed? What do you think?

Here are some of the news reports:    The Telegraph

Wall Street Journal 

The Times of India

Training on NPHR Human Resources Planning Software for Nuclear Power Industry, London 10-12 September 2012

LONDON, England, 7 May 2012—One of the greater challenges for countries pursuing the path to energy independence through the establishment of their own sovereign nuclear power plant programme is human resources -

A conference and training on the new NPHR (Nuclear Power Human Resources) software planning tool will be presented by the IX Power Foundation 10-12 September 2012.

A conference and training on the new NPHR (Nuclear Power Human Resources) software planning tool will be presented by the IX Power Foundation 10-12 September 2012.

 the availability and training of a knowledgeable workforce to construct and safely operate nuclear power plants. To assist in meeting this challenge, the non-profit IX Power Foundation http://www.IXPower.com is offering a conference on human resource planning and an introductory training session on NPHR, the unique human resource planning and modeling software tool for the nuclear power industry created at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) http://www.iaea.org. The three-day event, supported by the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) http://www.niauk.org and Technology Ventures Corporation http://techventures.org  will be held September 10-12, 2012 in London at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies http://ials.sas.ac.uk. Information about attending the training can be obtained by visiting the website: http://www.IXPower.com/NPHRtrain.

The NPHR tool was licensed to the IX Power Foundation by LANL to distribute it globally and provide training on how to utilize it effectively. Continue reading

Nuclear Power Industry gets a Helping Hand for Workforce Planning

Good News!  There’s now a comprehensive tool (plus a conference and training Sept. 10-12) that assists countries in exploring and determining their human resource needs for starting or improving their nuclear energy power plant program.

It’s no secret that IX Power is an advocate for nuclear energy. Recognizing that implemented properly, nuclear power is still the cleanest, most environmentally friendly, and possibly the least expensive method for delivering electricity, we believe there is a place for nuclear in the energy programs of many countries.  Indeed, today a considerable number of countries continue to be interested in incorporating nuclear power in their energy mix.

Hosted by the IX Power Foundation, the Conference and Training on the NPHR (Nuclear Power Human Resources) tool will be held in London, England, 10-12 September 2012.

Hosted by the IX Power Foundation, the Conference and Training on the NPHR (Nuclear Power Human Resources) tool will be held in London, England, 10-12 September 2012.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) provides guidance so that every country can explore whether developing their own sovereign nuclear programme is appropriate for them. Many do see a path to energy independence through nuclear, and are exploring the many options available to them to establish a programme that fits their country’s unique needs.      

The nuclear energy power plant industry is growing. About 13.5% of the world’s electricity production in 2010 came from nuclear power. In 31 countries around the globe, 436 nuclear power plant units with 370 GW of installed electric net capacity are in operation. Sixty-three new nuclear plants, with an installed capacity of 60 GW are under construction in 15 countries.

However, every country requires a programme that fits their country’s unique needs, goals and available resources.  An essential step in their pursuit of a nuclear power plant programme is researching and planning to forecast and procure human resources. This “workforce” is needed right from the start to budget, construct, and regulate nuclear power plants, as well as safely operate, fuel, refuel, maintain, and eventually decommission them. Human resource planning is equally important for those countries that have currently operating plants. At the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the importance of the workforce – in particular, establishing and maintaining education and training for the safety of nuclear power plant infrastructure, radiation, and waste safety – continues to be emphasized every year.

Until now there has been no independent tool allowing countries to evaluate and make workforce plans to fit their own particular needs.

Introducing NPHR Workforce Modelling & Analysis Software

Created for the International Atomic Energy Agency, NPHR is a new and unique human resources, regulatory, and operations software planning tool that originated at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. NPHR was initially designed to assist in the creation of a nuclear power capability in countries without an established infrastructure. However, countries well experienced in nuclear power plant planning can also benefit from NPHR’s rational and comprehensive approach to staff planning for existing and new plants. The software is provided free of charge by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the IX Power Foundation, with support from the London-based Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) and Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC) will be holding a conference and training session on NPHR 10-12 September 2012 in London.

Click Here for the IX Power Foundation Press Release on NPHR

What NPHR Provides

Outputs of the NPHR software tool include a model representation of the proposed nuclear power programme, from initial planning phases to plant decommissioning. The software includes the ability to change assumptions related to power demand, plant construction time-lines, and other major factors.

Nuclear Workforce

The NPHR software includes analysis of the workforce for construction, plant operations, and the regulatory body, reflecting the qualified personnel required to support the planning, procurement, construction, licensing, regulation, start-up and operation of a nuclear power plant.

• Assumptions on staffing levels can be changed to see the impact on workforce demand.  

• Users have the ability to compare assumptions for outsourcing strategies.

• The software includes workforce and infrastructure, which are linked to form a logically consistent structure.

• While running the model, variations in the demand for power, the rate of nuclear power growth, and workforce assumptions can be made and continually iterated to reach an optional workforce programme reaching decades into the future.

• The models provided by NorIX outline the initial conditions and baseline plan for nuclear power in that country.

Education & Training

In addition, model ouputs from NPHR include a representation of the country’s national education system for career paths related to nuclear power. For planning future supply of qualified workers, the model allows investigation of recruitment into nuclear career paths and attrition from the educational pipeline. The model also allows investigation of opportunities for specialized training for nuclear plant operating staff.

Who Should Attend the NPHR Conference & Training in London, 10-12 September 2012

  • Agents and representatives of governments interested in building or operating new or existing nuclear power plants
  • Education and training institutions involved in the nuclear industry
  • Nuclear and other energy human resource/manpower planners
  • Anyone involved in energy planning for their country or in operating & building a nuclear plant

 Benefits of Attending

  • Insight on beginning a new nuclear power plant programme or improving an existing one
  • How to build an effective resource pool of requisite talent and skills
  • Working knowledge of the new NPHR human resource analysis tool and how it benefits energy industries
  • Hands-on training to use and customize NPHR to build the appropriate workforce, regulatory and educational resources for your country
  • Valuable contacts for starting or improving your nuclear power plant program

Click here to learn more about the September Conference & Training on the NPHR tool.


Fast Reactors are the Future of Nuclear Power (and They are Already Here)

Nuclear reactors. In a time when the safety image of the nuclear industry is still recovering from the events at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan this past Spring, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has just released a huge manual of information which should help disseminate information and encourage yet another type of power reactor. But this, to steal a phrase from home economic guru Martha Stewart, “is a good thing.”

The reactors that experienced problems in Japan were quite frankly old. They were still using old, what is known as “light water” technology. What the IAEA has just released is a compilation of information on “fast neutron reactors.” Fast reactors use what’s termed “liquid metal” as a coolant. The most popular of the “metals” right now is sodium, but lead bismuth, having been successfully utilized in Russian nuclear submarines, is also gaining momentum. 

An advantage of “fast reactors” is that they can reduce the total radiotoxicity of nuclear waste and dramatically reduce the waste’s lifetime. They can also be designed to utilize the useful fuel in nuclear waste. This of course, would cut down on the need to mine uranium.

Fast reactors can also run longer than light water reactors without refueling. This cuts down the amount of risk associated with refueling that occurs every 18 to 24 months for light water reactors.

The new manual from the IAEA compiles a lot of information and covers a lot of ground that nuclear power researchers and engineers will need to further develop fast reactors. What’s been holding back the development and further use of this technology is the lack of information available for sharing within the nuclear industry. A comprehensive report on fast reactors – now that’s a good thing

To access the report, “Status and Trends of Nuclear Fuels Technology for Sodium Cooled Fast Reactors,” go to: http://www-pub.iaea.org/books/IAEABooks/8333/Status-and-Trends-of-Nuclear-Fuels-Technology-for-Sodium-Cooled-Fast-Reactors

Deborah Deal-Blackwell