© 2019 by Titans of Nuclear. Produced by the Energy Impact Center: www.energyimpactcenter.org

In this episode, we discuss...

  • Al’s background in material science and his personal journey in the nuclear industry from the NRC to EPRI

  • Ways in which the NRC regulates civilian use of nuclear materials and its role at Yucca Mountain -

  • A deep dive into pitting and dry cask storage

  • Various material degradation methods including crevice corrosion

  • The safety and economic benefits of dry storage

  • EPRI’s research improving fuel rod coating to slow down oxidation and prolong fuel cycle within a pressurized water reactor

  • Ways in which EPRI is working to accelerate the deployment of these concepts

  • Test reactors and how they’re working to expedite material qualifications

Al Csontos

Advanced Fuels Expert, Electric Power Research Institute