Molten Salt Reactor Workshop 2018

October 3-4, 2018

WHEN October 3-4, 2018


Sessions included:

  • progress of the inaugural MSR Campaign within the Department of Energy's Advanced Reactor Technologies Program,
  • updates from MSR developers,
  • discussions on enabling and enhancing MSR technologies, and
  • connections to industry partners.

This year's workshop coincides with ORNL's 75th Anniversary "Nuclear Week" celebration, which included networking opportunities for all.

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Nuclear Suppliers Workshop

Nuclear Opportunities Week

Several events will occur during the first week of October 2018 around the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of ORNL in a week denoted “Nuclear Opportunities Week.” We are pleased to announce the ETEC Nuclear Suppliers Workshop (NSW) on Tuesday, October 2 on the ORNL campus. On Wednesday, October 3 and Thursday, October 4, ORNL will host the 4th Annual MSR Workshop, with this year’s theme of "Creating a Self-Supporting Economy of Ideas and Applications for MSRs."

The attendance fee for the Nuclear Suppliers Workshop is $150 per person, which includes meals and a hosted reception at ORNL the evening of October 2. The attendance fee for the ORNL MSR Workshop is also $150 per person, which includes a joint reception with the NSW attendees on October 2 and a hosted reception on Wednesday evening, October 3. A single fee of $200 allows attendance at both workshops.

To learn more about all of the events happening during Nuclear Opportunities Week (NOW), visit To register for the NSW, visit If interested in attending both the NSW and the MSR workshops for a reduced fee, visit

Additional MSR Information

Video: Molten Salt Reactor Experiment

This film was produced in 1969 by Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the United States Atomic Energy Commission to inform the public regarding the history, technology, and milestones of the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment (MSRE). Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Molten Salt Reactor Experiment was designed to assess the viability of liquid fuel reactor technologies for use in commercial power generation. It operated from January 1965 through December 1969, logging more than 13,000 hours at full power during its four-year run. The MSRE was designated a nuclear historic landmark in 1994.

Video: Remote Maintenance of Molten Salt Reactors

Video shows a demonstration of replacing the major components of a molten salt reactor mock-up built by ORNL in the late 1950s - early 1960s using remote handling technology.

Gallery: Workshop 2016

Previous Workshops

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