Nuclear Technology for Earth and Space

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Nuclear energy is a key technology for both Earth and Space. Join Dr. Christopher Morrison, from Ultra Safe Nuclear, while he discusses the wide-ranging applications of nuclear energy focusing on his work in both fission and radioisotope power systems. These include micro modular reactors for Earth, lunar reactors, medical radioisotopes, and even the NASA NIAC Extra-Solar Express mission study proposing to return a sample from a comet from outside our solar system. Plenty of time at the end for Q & A.

Dr. Christopher Morrison is an Astro Nuclear Engineer at USNC-Tech in Seattle, Washington. He is the product lead for the EmberCoreTM radioisotope power technology ( ). This technology enables nuclear to power small compact systems for remote locations on Earth and in space. EmberCoreTM can be used to monitor the climate in ways not possible before.
Dr. Morrison graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2012 with a B.S. in aerospace engineering and computer science. His passion for aerospace led him to nuclear. He sees nuclear as a key technology for enabling humanity to explore beyond Earth orbit.
He pursued his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering and graduated in 2017 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Chris is a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program (NIAC) Fellow, Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Program Fellow, member of the Explorer’s club, and founder of https://sign-language-blitz.

Decarbonizing now: the Natrium Project in Wyoming

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 From 7pm – 9pm Pacific Time

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Moving from coal to clean nuclear power in Wyoming, the Natrium Reactor Project will be built, providing jobs, and reliable, safe, resilient clean energy.
This is incredibly exciting as it will be the first next-gen (IV) reactor built in the United States. How it fits into the energy mix of today and tomorrow will be discussed by a lead on the project.

Join us for a Zoom talk and bring your questions.

We are fortunate to have Mark Werner, a mechanical engineer who develops and leads engineering teams that design advance reactor concepts focused on impacting future energy markets. Mark has worked in plant layout and design, reactor system and equipment design, reactor core design and fuel design in his past positions. Mark has worked for TerraPower for 10 years, and prior to that worked on Reactor designs for the US Navy’s nuclear fleet at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in upstate NY. Mark has a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Drexel University).

Nuclear 101 in 2021

Nick Touran and Waffles

Join Seattle Friends of Fission and Nick Touran, on Zoom, December 14 at 7pm

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Nick will give a brief talk about how nuclear energy works, why we need it to slow down climate change, and especially to answer all your questions about safety, waste, radiation, and more. This is your chance to ask the questions that make you step back and take a breath when you hear us say we need nuclear!

Nick Touran, PhD., is a nuclear engineer working on advanced nuclear reactors at TerraPower. He is helping develop technical solutions to world energy challenges.  He is the founder of the nuclear public-education website He stays super busy with his hobbies of photography, electronics, motorcycles, ham radio, and hiking among others.

Educating Seattle about Nuclear Power and it’s role along with other green energy sources for a better world.

Update: Nuclear Energy – What About The Waste
Tuesday, October 12,  2021,  7 pm (PST) to 9 pm

Nuclear power plants generate clean electricity – without CO2 emissions. They also create waste in the form of used nuclear fuel.
  • What is nuclear waste?
  • What are its hazards?
  • How is it stored today?
  • What are the long-term plans?
  • How much waste do we make?
  • What is the composition of nuclear waste?
  • How does it compare to fossil fuel waste?

Dr. James Conca is an environmental waste expert, contributor on energy and environmental issues and a nuclear waste scientist for over 30 years.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Oct 12, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Seattle’s Stand Up For Nuclear

Seattle Friends of Fission is joining 40+ cities around the globe to recognize nuclear power’s clean, dependable, safe energy to fight climate change.

 Westlake Park (4th and Pike)

Saturday, September 18th, 2021, 11am to 4pm

Join us at the park or online (starting at 12 noon) to talk and share information. Click here to join on Youtube. Click here to join on Facebook.

  • Did you know that Washington is at risk for rolling blackouts during extreme heat events like we saw in June and August?
  • Seattle is going to need more clean energy to electrify our transportation.  Additionally, when drought reduces our hydropower,  that gap will need to be filled. Nuclear’s clean energy can supply these needs.
  •  Seattle Friends of Fission is proud to join Stand Up For Nuclear to tell people about the importance of nuclear power and dispel widespread myths about the technology.   Our participants are environmentalists, scientists, activists, engineers, and doctors. 
  • For more information or to contact us go to our Facebook page.

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Climate Change: The Future of Energy in Washington

Thursday, August 26, 7 PM – 9 PM PST

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Join Seattle Friends of Fission for a lively discussion.

Governor Inslee has declared a drought emergency for Washington.
• Will our clean hydropower be sufficient to generate enough electricity?
• How much energy do we need for the future?
• Why nuclear power should be part of the solution.

Join Dr. James Conca for a discussion on how we will generate enough energy to cool our houses, run our electric vehicles, power our buses and light rail, move our products, etc., and reduce carbon emissions. Lots of time at the end for your questions.

Dr. Conca is an earth and environmental scientist specializing in geologic disposal of nuclear waste, energy-related research, and work on issues in space for 34 years. He’s been a consultant for the DOE, EPA/State Environmental agencies and industry companies including nuclear, hydro, wind farms, large solar arrays, coal and gas. He currently writes an energy and environment weekly column for