Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE/MP Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


Fluoride-Salt-Cooled High-Temperature Reactors (FHRs)


Dr. Charles Forsberg


Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Friday, October 24, 2014 at 3:00:00 PM


Boggs Building, Room 3-47


Dr. Farzad Rahnema


The central challenge for any new reactor is a compelling case for its development and deployment. The lack of that compelling case is why HTGRs and SFRs have not been deployed. We have been developing a Fluoride-salt-cooled High-temperature Reactor (FHR) with a Nuclear Air-Brayton Combined Cycle (NACC) and Firebrick Resistance Heated Energy Storage (FIRES). This system enables a base-load FHR to provide variable power to the grid, electricity storage (heat storage), and grid services. This greatly increases the revenue relative to a base-load nuclear power plant and makes the FHR the enabling technology for a zero-carbon electricity grid. The basis for design and the concept will be described.


Charles Forsberg is the Director and principle investigator of the High-Temperature Salt-Cooled Reactor Project—a joint project between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Wisconsin. He teaches nuclear chemical engineering and waste management classes at MIT. Before joining MIT, he was a Corporate Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and recipient of the 2005 Robert E. Wilson Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers for outstanding chemical engineering contributions to nuclear energy. He received the American Nuclear Society special award for innovative nuclear reactor design on salt-cooled reactors and will be receiving the ANS 2014 Seaborg Award.


Refreshments will be served.