In this episode, we discuss...

  • Jacopo’s background in techno-economic analysis and personal journey in the nuclear industry

  • Jacopo’s work at the Idaho National Laboratory before he returned to his alma mater MIT as a professor of nuclear science and engineering

  • Lead-bismuth reactors and the processes within

  • Jacopo’s contributions to MIT Energy Initiative’s report, “The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World”

  • A breakdown of the costs involved in building a new plant

  • Inaccuracies in cost prediction surrounding AP-1000 and EPR and ways in which we can improve cost prediction

  • The benefits of assembling several microreactors to take advantage of economies of multiple versus economics of scale of size

  • Shipyard building and how Jacopo’s research at MIT works to reduce construction costs

Jacopo Buongiorno

Associate Dept Head, Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT

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