Oklo: Powering a Clean Energy Future with Advanced Fission



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If you attended the last section meeting with Isaac Vanderberg and Launch Alaska, you might remember that one of the cohorts for Launch Alaska is a nuclear startup known as Oklo, Inc. Oklo’s first product is a micro reactor design that supplies power in the ranges typically required for small towns, villages, mining/industrial sites, and so forth (a few megawatts of electric power as opposed to hundreds of megawatts).

As we have been discussing various energy solutions for our state, we have, so far, discussed energy storage, wind, solar, hydro, carbon dividends and just about everything BUT nuclear power. However, if nuclear power can be made to work on scales that are suitable for Alaskan applications, this would be a colossal game-changer. Instead of barging in hundreds of thousands of gallons of diesel fuel to coastal towns (or flying diesel in to interior communities), a single power plant could potentially power its community or industrial site for years or decades between refuelings, and this power would be provided 24/7/365 without regard for the weather. Instead of using heating oil, people in rural communities could utilize either the waste heat from the reactor or use electric heat. Overall, this has the potential to drastically reduce air pollution and reduce the cost of living out in the bush, and the developments that result from developing micro reactor technology have the potential to enable other solutions as well.

The presentation will cover the following topics:

  • About Oklo
  • Fast Facts on the Aurora Powerhouse
  • Plant Applications and Plant Features
  • Technical Details
  • Fuel Recycling 

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  Date and Time




  • Wherever, Alaska
  • United States 99503
  • Co-sponsored by CH06268 - Alaska Section Chapter, PE31
  • Starts 30 July 2020 12:00 AM
  • Ends 19 August 2020 11:30 AM
  • All times are US/Alaska
  • No Admission Charge
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Jacob DeWitte
Jacob DeWitte of Oklo, Inc.


Oklo: Powering a Clean Energy Future with Advanced Fission


Jacob DeWitte is the co-founder and CEO of Oklo Inc., a Sunnyvale, CA based company developing and building very small nuclear reactors.  Jacob has experience working on a variety of advanced reactor designs including sodium fast reactors, molten salt reactors, and next-generation PWRs, as well as nuclear fuel cycle technology development and analysis.  He also has experience working with experimental irradiation testing facilities during his time at a national lab.  Jacob is originally from Albuquerque, NM.  He earned his BS in nuclear engineering from the University of Florida and his SM and PhD in nuclear engineering at MIT.


1130-1300: Meeting via Zoom