The Future of Advanced Nuclear Power

An in-depth discussion on the evolution of advanced nuclear technology, the state of commercialization, and recent policy developments


Sept. 1, 2020


12:00–1:00 p.m. ET


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Advanced Energy Technologies Series

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Addressing climate change—particularly at reasonable cost—will require advancements in a range of energy-related technologies. The Advanced Energy Technologies Series accompanies the work RFF researchers are undertaking to understand and examine the cost trajectories and future deployment potential of these technologies. On September 1, 2020, we hosted a discussion on the future of advanced nuclear power.

Nuclear energy policy expert Jessica Lovering (Carnegie Mellon University and Good Energy Collective) delved into the state of advanced nuclear technology and recent policy developments surrounding advanced nuclear energy. This conversation explored when these new nuclear technologies may be commercially available and which emerging markets policies may be targeting. RFF Senior Fellow and Director of the Future of Power Initiative Karen Palmer moderated a Q&A session.


  • Jessica Lovering, Carnegie Mellon University, Good Energy Collective, Energy for Growth Hub, Fastest Path to Zero Initiative
  • Karen Palmer, Resources for the Future (moderator)

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About the Advanced Energy Technologies Project

RFF’s Advanced Energy Technologies Project uses new research to incorporate a number of these advanced technologies into our E4ST power sector model, which offers a detailed representation of the grid and is widely used in policy analysis related to power sector decarbonization.

The related events series covers topics such as advanced nuclear energy, carbon capture and sequestration, enhanced geothermal systems, energy storage, and direct air capture. The series will conclude with two additional events, one focused on innovation-related policy developments in the United States, and one showcasing the results of RFF’s analysis of how various policy proposals will drive investment in and deployment of these technologies.


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