NEXT MEETING: November 17, 2020 Webcast - OPEN TO ALL




Nick Irvin, Director for Advanced Energy Systems, Cross Cutting Technology, and Strategy at Southern Company

He is responsible for the evaluation, development, and demonstration of innovative technologies to support Southern Company’s operations in the areas of advanced nuclear technology, hydrogen and alternative energy carriers, technology scouting, and R&D strategy. Previously, Mr. Irvin served as a Research Engineer, leading efforts in all areas of environmental control technologies including mercury, acid gas, carbon dioxide, particulate matter, water treatment, and carbon sequestration. He served as Chairman of the Utility Air Regulatory Group’s Control Technology Committee and is a representative to the Policy Committee of the Generation IV Nuclear International Forum on behalf of the U.S. nuclear industry. Mr. Irvin earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama and an..


  • S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama;
  • S. in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University


Lauren Lathem, Senior Research Engineer, Advanced Energy Systems, Southern Company

 Lauren Lathem is currently supporting the development and demonstration of advanced nuclear technology including molten salt reactors and micro nuclear reactors. She is the Technical Lead on the Southern Company primed Advanced Reactor Concepts award to develop TerraPower’s Molten Chloride Fast Reactor. She is the acting Chair of the Molten Salt Reactor Technology Working Group (MSR TWG), an industry working group collaborating to advance and accelerate the deployment of MSR technology…


  • S. Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, 2013


TOPIC: Molten Salt Reactors – Research and Development Activity Update   

The presentation will summarize Southern Company’s analysis on the need for an advanced nuclear option in the future and our collaborative experimental work to date. Building on the success of the ongoing work under the Advanced Reactor Concepts (ARC) award, we will share our multi-year plan to enable demonstration of an MSR in the next decade.


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COST: No Charge

LOCATION:  WEBCAST (Sign-on information will be provided after registration)


  • 5:30 pm: Sign in/ Announcements
  • 5:40-6:40 Presentation
  • 6::40  Q&A
  • 7:00 Adjourn


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