Leading the Las Vegas Region Defense Industry
The Assured Energy Division (AED) focuses on:
1) Integrating Small Modular Reactors (SMR) & secure Microgrids with existing energy sources such as Baseload Power, Wind & Solar to achieve an Assured 24/7/365 Energy Solution for any circumstance.
2) Informing the Public, Industry and Government leadership about the revolutionary capabilities and clean power potential of Micro/SMR/Mobile Nuclear Power Plants (MNPP) integrated with secure Microgrids.
3) Serves as Subject Matter Expert on Spent Nuclear Fuel Recycling.
4) Working with the numerous Pro-Nuclear Environmental Groups to inform them of the intent of this Division. Scroll down on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro-nuclear_movement to view the current list of these organizations.
5) Educating the public and leadership about secure Microgrids, and how they are the solution to the vulnerabilities inherent with the existing National Grid system.
6) Showing how stand-alone Micro/Small Modular Reactors/MNPP's in combination with secure Microgrids offer the best source of clean, reliable & uninterruptible power possible for National Security and Commercial use.
7) Demonstrating how solar, wind, batteries and backup fossil fuel energy systems can all work together with Small Modular Reactors to provide an unequaled Assured Energy capability.
8) Conducting technical events on the use of advanced robotics, high speed production lines and systems integration technologies to be established in the vast Nevada desert areas at/near the Nevada National Security Site or elsewhere. These events can be used to demonstrate how it's possible to safely, quickly and cost-effectively deliver Military-Civilian Dual Use mass-produced nuclear-power systems/secure Microgrids at steadily decreasing prices to domestic and global markets.
9) Keeps current with future possible sources of energy such as space-based, fusion and directed.
The AED is a forum for national leadership to engage with Nevada leadership and host national conferences to explore and feature the latest emerging Micro/MNPP/Small Modular Reactors and Microgrid technologies being developed in the United States.
The initial goal of the AED is to facilitate implementation of America’s first Modular Reactor and secure Microgrid capability at Creech AFB, about 45 miles Northwest of Las Vegas, to provide power 24/7/365, for two to three decades between refueling cycles. Such an extraordinary capability will enable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) operations to remain intact, even if/when the ‘the grid goes down’ for non-expected lengthy periods of time (weeks, months etc.). Chances are that if ‘the grid goes down’ for such a long a period of time, those RPA operations will be more crucial than ever for protecting America during such a lengthy outage.
The AED is a cross-talk voice between the Military, DOE, Micro/Small Modular Reactor/Mobile Nuclear Power Plants (MNPP) and Microgrid Manufacturers, American Nuclear Society (ANS), State / Local Governments, and Supporting Business Interests.
With such a wide-open scope of work to prove the utility of the Creech prototype implementation, one will have to demonstrate the maturation and reliability of Micro/Small Modular Reactors, their interface with the newly demonstrated Creech Microgrid, the Civil Engineering interfaces for installation, and the deployment of initial instrumentation to measure safety/operational parameters.
Upon gaining confidence in the Creech operation, a second Military deployment location will be considered. This will open the door to multiple installations, mass production of systems, and much lower acquisition and support costs. SMR/Microgrid transportation and environmental testing in Hot/Cold Weather conditions will be integral to testing.
The AED is additionally well suited to help facilitate and coordinate the high volume of dialog between National Defense Industries, the Nevada National Security Site and the National Laboratories historically involved in nuclear technology R&D. Production of systems in Nevada could also be significantly enhanced from being a Nuclear Fuel Recycling that regains 97% of the spent fuel energy.
In short, Nevada is the perfect State for bringing the entire Micro/MNPP/Small Modular Reactors con Microgrids capabilities from a conceptual stage to actual implementation at the Nevada National Security site, starting with the Creech AFB implementation.
With follow-on installations at other critical defense sites, and via recycling/reusing all spent fuel (reclaim up to ~97% of the fuel's initial energy via Recycling) in combination with a Nevada Micro/Small Modular Reactor production line, a paradigm shift in future clean assured energy becomes possible.
As the new and highly advanced power capabilities are demonstrated at Creech AFB, it can be duplicated, modified and licensed for use in the USA civilian sector.
Through parallel national security and commercial implementations, the ‘one large national grid’ is methodically transformed into thousands of more reliable and affordable Microgrids of Clean & efficient Power across the nation.
AED will work to insure that all types of fossil and renewable sources for generating power will become capable of being retrofitted using new advanced reactor and Microgrid technologies. Applying this expertise will enable modernization of power generation plants without having to replace much of anything except the source and type of heat used to generate steam to power the generators.
The long range prime goal of all the above is intended to eliminate the risks of the deadly nightmare scenario emerging from "what happens if the Grid goes down for weeks or months at a time".
AED Focus Areas:
The first concrete steps are happening NOW to have the first real SMR(s) available in just a few short years
--This is the SMR capability we refer to below for supplying Creech AFB with backup power
--It's also the beginning of the SMR revolution for the Army, soon enabling them to procure and deploy SMR's at operating locations where Assured Power is critical
The AED works towards:
(Note, the Acronym "SME" used below means Subject Matter Expert)
Assured Energy Division Head
Program Management & Defense Industry SME
Nuclear Science, Engineering & Defense Systems SME
Dr. Craig F. Smith, PhD, Nuclear Engineering, UCLA
E.E./Health Physics & Radio-Active Materials SME
Steven P. Curtis
Radiological Emergency Response SME
M.S. Nuclear Engineering, AFIT
President, American Nuclear Society, Nevada Section
Nuclear Operations & Safety SME
Dr. Charles (Chip) Martin, PhD, Nuclear Engineering
Nuclear Operations & Safety SME
Executive Committee member of the Nuclear Installation Safety Division of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), Chairman of the ANS National Program Committee, Past President of the ANS, Nevada Section
Mission/Energy Assurance SME
National Legislative/Political SME
Nevada-State Govt. Interface
Army Interface SME(s)
Dr. Juan Vitali
STEM Programs SME
Curriculum Development, Human Resources, Events
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