January 4, 2010 - Monday
Next-Generation Nuclear Power - An Unusual Solution for Unusual Times
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What will next-generation nuclear power look like? At this event we will hear about a unique new option opening up, and its happening right here in Denver.
Hyperion Power Generation, Inc. was formed to bring to market a unique small, modular, non-weapons grade nuclear power reactor invented by Dr. Otis “Pete” Peterson at the United States’ famed Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Through the commercialization program at their Tech Transfer Division, Hyperion Power was awarded the exclusive license to utilize the intellectual property and develop a product that will benefit the U.S. economy and global society as a whole.
The next multi-million dollar phase of work on the development of Hyperion, underwritten by private investors, continues, Hyperion will play a key role as a solution for climate change and the energy crisis.
The Hyperion concept was originally conceived as a clean, affordable solution to power mining and industrial operations such as the retorting of oil sands and shale. Other applications and requests for modules now come in daily from around the globe.
Hyperion power modules (HPMs) are a perfect alternative for those communities -- such as military bases, hospital and college campuses, – that, for security, reliability, or financial reasons, desire to be independent of their local utility’s power source. Equally important is Hyperion’s ability to bring heat for industrial uses and electricity for infrastructure and homes to remote locations with no reasonable access to reliable energy. For example: over 25% of the world’s population does not have access to clean water. Hyperion hopes to solve this appalling situation by providing the power to pump, clean, and process life’s essential element, thereby turning the tide on disease, poverty and social unrest.
The team of business professionals and scientists that are developing Hyperion are deeply concerned about the state of the environment, the human suffering that continues needlessly, and the search for energy independence that is vital not just to the U.S., but to every nation on the planet. The men and women behind HPG are dedicated to realizing the full potential of this small but mighty power module. Clean, safe, affordable energy should be available to everyone – even in the most remote locations.
Join us as we explore this and many other topics on the renewable energy horizons.
EVENT: Night with a Futurist
DATE: January 4, 2010 - Monday
LOCATION: MADCAP Theater, 10679 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CO 80020
DIRECTIONS: Driving Directions
COST: $0, Members: Free, SuperMembers: Free
TOPIC: Next-Generation Nuclear Power - An Unusual Solution for Unusual Times
SPEAKERS: John R Grizz Deal, Mike Cote, Jeffrey King, Jerry Peterson, Les Juhasz, Thomas Frey
SPEAKER: John R Grizz Deal
CEO of Hyperion Power Generation
John R Grizz Deal is CEO of Hyperion Power Generation. Grizz has over twenty years of experience in technology commercialization and fast growing ventures, in both product development and chief executive roles. Grizz was previously Entrepreneur in Residence at Technology Ventures Corporation for the Nuclear Energy division of the U.S. Department of Energy and was the managing director at Purple Mountain Ventures (PMV), serving a dozen international firms on product development, capital expansion, and marketing. Grizz also serves as a director of the U.S. National Lab Seed Fund, a venture capital fund focused on innovations developed by the U.S. Department of Energy laboratory complex. Grizz is the former TVC entrepreneur in residence with the U.S. Department of Energy/NNSA, visiting entrepreneur at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), chief marketing officer for Space Imaging, the founder and former CEO of LizardTech, and a consulting scientist at LANL.
Grizz is a frequent speaker and writer on energy technology and policy, starting and growing advanced technology-based ventures, and issues in raising capital for such ventures. He is a member of the board of directors for the International Clean Energy Alliance, and serves on the boards of several PMV portfolio firms. Grizz has raised over $200 million in risk capital for his ventures and holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in geography from Texas A&M University.
MODERATOR: Mike Cote
Editor of ColoradoBiz Magazine
Mike Cote is the Editor of ColoradoBiz Magazine. He has spent more than 20 years in the media industry as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Florida and Colorado, and now at ColoradoBiz magazine in the metro Denver area. He has also taught reporting and editing at the University of Colorado, where he earned his master's degree in journalism.
Before joining the team at ColoradoBiz, Mike served as both the City Editor and the Business Editor at the Boulder Daily Camera.
PANELIST: Jeffrey King
Assistant Professor - Nuclear Science and Engineering Program, Colorado School of Mines
After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1994, Jeff King joined the Department of Energy at the Savannah River Operations Office as a Mixed Waste Engineer. In that position, he worked on public participation and compliance efforts related to the Savannah River Site’s RCRA Mixed Waste Installation Work Plan. A year later he transferred offices to become a Facility Representative at the Savannah River Site’s High-Level Waste Tank Farm. DOE Facility Representatives are somewhat similar to NRC on-site inspectors and are responsible for monitoring the day-to-day activities at their assigned facility. This involves a mixture of technical and regulatory oversight, as the Facility Representative must be familiar with the governing DOE regulations and how they are applied at the operating and reporting level. After three years as a Facility Representative, Jeff decided to return to school and pursue a Master’s and PhD in Nuclear Engineering at the University of New Mexico, starting in 1998.
Jeff finished his Ph.D. with distinction in 2006 and decided to remain in academia as an Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly the University of Missouri – Rolla). His primary teaching interest is reactor physics and design, along with the social, economic, and political aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle. In 2009, Dr. King left Missouri S&T to become the first tenure track faculty hire in the newly created Nuclear Science and Engineering Program at the Colorado School of Mines. The CSM Nuclear Science and Engineering program is in its third year and is focused on studying all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, from uranium mining and processing, to reactor design and operations, and finally to waste management and disposal.
Dr. King has published several papers related to the design and safety of innovative nuclear reactors and is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the American Nuclear Society, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. King's research interests include reactor modeling and control, nuclear system simulation, nuclear materials, and the computational modeling of radiation damage and material aging effects.
PANELIST: Jerry Peterson
Professor of Physics
Jerry Peterson is a Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research career has taken him into many arenas of nuclear science, based mostly upon beams from particle accelerators, at energies for 65 keV to 120 GeV. His recent teaching has emphasized spanning the boundaries between science and public affairs, including classes in Environmental Studies, Journalism and International Affairs, as well as Physics. He is a faculty associate of the UCB Centers for Asian Studies and for Science and Technology Policy Research. He recently served as a Jefferson Science Fellow at the US Department of State, as a senior science analyst on energy matters. He is a Fellow of the American Physical society and a Foreign Member of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences.
PANELIST: Les Juhasz
President of Liberty International Development
Les Juhasz is the President of Liberty International Development, a business development and consulting services in the areas of energy and technology services. With more than twenty years of experience in the nuclear power industry including that of Navy Nuclear Reactor Operator/Instructor, and Client Program Manager for seven nuclear utilities, Les brings a diverse perspective and wealth of experience to his projects.
As one example of his work, during the late 1980s, Les was on special assignment at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Ohio. In this role he conducted an audit and overview of the Control of Measuring and Test Equipment Program in response to an NRC OSTI report. This overview consisted of personnel interviews, observations, record audits, management discussions, and program reviews. Once completed, recommendations were submitted for client management review and were successfully implemented to support Perry’s first refueling outage.
Les is a certified Nuclear Reactor Operator with extensive training in radiation protection, contamination and decontamination procedures.
HOST: Thomas Frey
Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute
Thomas Frey is Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute as well as Google top rated futurist speaker.
As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Tom continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come. His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies including NASA, IBM, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, First Data, Boeing, Capital One, Bell Canada, Visa, Ford Motor Company, Qwest, Allied Signal, Hunter Douglas, Direct TV, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Times of India, Leaders in Dubai, and many more.
Because of his work inspiring inventors and other revolutionary thinkers, Tom has been referred to as the modern "Father of Invention" and the "Dean of Futurists." Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Tom spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer.
6:30 - 7:00 - Registration and networking
7:00 - 7:15 - Announcements and introductions
7:15 - 8:00 - "Next-Generation Nuclear Power" - John Grizz Deal
8:00 - 8:45 - Panel discussion
8:45 - 9:00 - Networking
9:00 - Thank you for coming