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

In this episode, we discuss...

  • Dan’s background in chemical engineering and his personal journey in the nuclear industry

  • Dan’s work studying lanthanides and actinides

  • The different functions  EPRI provides for power plants including chemical injection systems

  • The contributing factors within primary and secondary coolants and how they alter the chemistry of oxides on materials

  • Where plants get their water and the purification processes involved

  • How water’s chemistry changes over the lifetime of a reactor why that led to the introduction of alloy 690 in steam generators

  • Boric acid’s critical role in maintaining power level in a reactor

  • Automation in the water chemistry analysis space

  • Dan’s current work providing the data necessary to qualify switching from lithium 7 to potassium hydroxide

Dan Wells

Water Chemistry Expert, Electric Power Research Institute