Kairos Power and Materion Commission Molten salt purification plant to produce coolant for high temperature reactors


ELMORE, OHIO, USA, July 19, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Under a cooperative development agreement with Materion Corporation, Kairos Power has commissioned a Molten Salt Purification Plant (MSPP) at the Materion campus in Elmore, Ohio. The plant, designed by Kairos Power, will produce large quantities of high-purity fluorinated coolant salt for use in high-temperature molten salt reactors, a clean, affordable and safe nuclear energy solution with the potential to transform the global energy landscape.

Kairos Power’s Fluoride Salt Cooled High Temperature Reactor (KP-FHR) technology is cooled by a mixture of lithium fluoride and beryllium fluoride salts known as “Flibe”, which is chemically stable and operates at low pressure. This molten salt coolant will be used in Kairos Power’s Engineering Test Unit (ETU) and Hermes Demonstration Reactor, as well as future commercial KP-FHR reactors.

As an industry leader in the production and manufacturing of beryllium-based materials, Materion supplies beryllium fluoride for MSPP and brings the expertise required for staffing and plant operation. The decision to locate MSPP at Materion’s Elmore site reinforces both companies’ long-term strategic commitment to demonstrate leadership in molten salt production.
By confirming the chemical process for producing Flibe at industrial scale, the MSPP will help ensure the success of Kairos Power’s iterative hardware demonstrations, reducing risk in a critical workflow for commercializing KP-FHR technology while ensuring cost certainty.

Ed Blandford, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Kairos Power
“We are delighted to announce the commissioning of MSPP, a crucial step in the production of Flibe for KP-FHR technology and the cornerstone of our collaboration with Materion Corporation. The MSPP represents a major investment in Kairos Power’s vertical integration strategy to achieve cost certainty by establishing commercial production from Flibe. We are confident in our ability to produce a Flibe that meets our nuclear specifications for the Kairos Power test program at the scale necessary to provide our major hardware demonstrations.

Alan Kruizenga, Senior Director of Chemistry and Salt Production, Kairos Power
“With MSPP, we have scaled a chemical process developed in Kairos Power’s Salt Lab to produce Flibe in large quantities with specifications that demonstrate our ability to deliver for ETU, Hermes and beyond. Our team is proud of what we have accomplished and excited about the prospects for further industrial application of this process. We are grateful for the collaboration of the Materion team, who have worked alongside us throughout the pandemic to help build critical manufacturing capacity for Kairos Power while meeting the challenges that a new process and new technology associated with it. We have set up a factory and work team which will grow as needed in the future.

Keith Smith, Vice President of Nuclear, Scientific and Government Affairs, Materion Corporation
“The MSPP has been in the design and process development phase for over a year,” said Keith Smith, vice president of nuclear, science and government affairs at Materion. “This is Flibe’s largest production facility ever built and has the capacity to generate commercial quantities of the material.”

About Kairos Power
Kairos Power is a mission-driven nuclear technology, engineering and manufacturing company solely focused on commercializing the Fluoride Salt Cooled High-Temperature Reactor (KP-FHR) – a clean, carbon-free source of energy that can be deployed with robust security at an affordable cost. Founded in 2016, the company is unique in applying a rapid, iterative development approach supported by a vertical integration strategy to bring advanced reactor technology to market. Following extensive pre-application engagement with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Kairos Power’s construction license application for the Hermes Low Power Demonstration Reactor is currently undergoing formal review. Kairos Power’s mission is to enable the global transition to clean energy with the ultimate goal of dramatically improving people’s quality of life while protecting the environment. Learn more about kairospower.com.

About Materion Corporation
Materion Corporation is headquartered in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Materion, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, provides highly engineered advanced materials, enabling the advancement of next-generation technologies in a range of global markets. Products include specialty precious and non-precious metals, inorganic chemicals and powders, specialty coatings, specialty beryllium alloys, beryllium and beryllium composites, and clad and clad metal systems. Learn more about http://materion.com/about.

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