Columbia in April will host a conference focusing on the development and production of small modular nuclear reactors.
SMRs as they are called are the size of a couple of hot tubs that could power a manufacturing plant, a military installation or a town the size of Lexington. The mini-reactors would be buried in the ground and provide enough energy for the equivalent of 20,000 homes, and be removed after cooling off for several months and moved to another site.
The conference is expected to draw about 120 people from about 60 companies and agencies around the world, such as China National Nuclear Corp., the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iraq Energy Institute. Also, industry heavyweights like Westinghouse, AREVA and GE have signed up, along with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Army and utilities across the nation.
Those are all the heavy hitters, said attorney Douglas Rosinski, who is helping to organize the conference.
The conference, scheduled to be held April 19-20 at the Marriott Hotel on Main Street, is sponsored by SCE&G and organized by the Carolinas Nuclear Cluster and Nuclear Energy Insider.