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Meeting Growing Energy Demands by Coupling Nuclear Plants with Data Centers

Christine King  (Director for GAIN, Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear, Idaho National Laboratory)

Location: Room 202A

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Time: 10:00 am - 10:50 am

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Track: Sustainability Strategies, from Power to Recycling

Session Type: Conference Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All Audiences

Highly reliable, 100% clean energy is the future of power in a carbon constrained world. This session will review a case study in which an advanced nuclear reactor was coupled with intermittent renewable energy resources to support data center operations. During this talk, we'll explore how bringing nuclear with a data center can support a just energy transition and make it a more attractive infrastructure project by bringing additional jobs and economic activity to the location. We'll also discuss the impacts of the Inflation Reduction Act on costs to better understand how site selection and reuse could impact the attractiveness of nuclear projects.


  • How nuclear energy could pair with intermittent renewables to provide 24/7 clean energy for data center operations.
  • Combining nuclear energy with data centers make projects more attractive to regions in larger support for economic activity and tax revenue.
  • Nuclear energy is a viable technology to support both large scale data center growth and energy usage.