Boston Atomics

Established technologies, new construction.

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Our Mission

Create the easiest-to-build, safest, low-cost nuclear technology to decarbonize process heat and electricity.



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Our Technology

Boston Atomics is creating the Modular, Integrated, Gas-cooled, High Temperature Reactor (MIGHTR) with a “design to build” philosophy to accelerate deployment and minimize cost. Decades of research and development has shown HTGRs lead the industry in safety and have high technology readiness. MIGHTR is an evolution from this global R&D effort.


Safety

MIGHTR is a passively safe reactor and uses the industry’s safest fuel form, TRISO. Gas-cooled reactors have low power densities relative to traditional water-cooled reactors. This enables us to use the physics of natural circulation to maintain long term cooling and safety instead of relying on emergency diesel generators.

Technology Readiness

Dozens of gas reactors have been built worldwide, starting with the UK Magnox reactors in the 1950s. Decades of operating experience means the engineering and operational challenges are well known and no new materials or methods are required. MIGHTR is an evolution from the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP), a US-led design project started in 2005. Leveraging this previous design gives MIGHTR a head start on the path to deployment.

Easy to Construct

We designed MIGHTR with a construction-first methodology. Traditional nuclear plants require complex, massive structures that slow the construction process and cause delays. We optimized the MIGHTR plant layout for fast, straightforward construction. Our patent-pending design reduces building size 5 times. Contact us to learn more about the technology.

Low Cost

Process heat accounts for 10% of greenhouse gas emissions in the US. MIGHTR will generate low-carbon, high temperature process heat at industry leading low costs. MIGHTR can also be configured for combined heat and power applications.

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Leadership

W. Robb Stewart

W. Robb Stewart

Co-founder

Robbie is a PhD student at MIT. His research focuses on market requirements for nuclear plant cost and design optimization. Before coming to MIT, he worked for the GE Global Research Center (GRC) for four years, leading research projects in gas turbine heat transfer, cumulative damage modeling, and reliability analysis.

Enrique Vélez López

Enrique Vélez López

Co-founder

Enrique is a multidisciplinary engineer with a dual Master’s Degree in Civil and Nuclear Engineering from MIT, focused on nuclear power plants design-to-cost. In his seven years in the Nuclear Industry, he has conducted post-Fukushima design retrofits for operating NPPs, design modifications as a result of predictive maintenance and design of components for Gen IV reactors.

Advisory board

Dr. Koroush Shirvan

Dr. Koroush Shirvan

Advisor

Dr. Shirvan is the John Clark Hardwick (1986) Career Development Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT. He specializes in development and assessment of advanced nuclear reactor technology. He is currently focused on accelerating innovations in nuclear fuels, reactor design and small modular reactors to improve the sustainability of current and next generation power plants.

Dr. Jacopo Buongiorno

Dr. Jacopo Buongiorno

Advisor

Dr. Buongiorno is the TEPCO Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, the Director of Science and Technology of the MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory and the Director of the Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES). In 2016–2018 he led the MIT study on the Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World. He has published 90 journal articles in the areas of reactor safety and design, two-phase flow and heat transfer, and nanofluid technology.

Roberto Casula

Roberto Casula

Advisor

Roberto Casula is a former corporate executive for the Italian energy company, Eni. He has served as a member of the External Advisory Board of the MIT Energy Initiative. He has also served as the President and CEO of the venture capital arm of Eni in the US, Eni Next LLC. Eni Next focuses its investment on Cleantech, Digital and Industrial technologies. He has a degree in mining engineering from University of Cagliari.

Jose Emeterio Gutierrez

Jose Emeterio Gutierrez

Advisor

Jose Emeterio Gutierrez is a global senior executive with long P&L, operational and functional experience. He has served as president and chief executive officer at Westinghouse Electric Company, where he held several senior executive positions previously. Prior to joining Westinghouse, he held fuel leadership positions with ENUSA Industrias Avanzadas S.A. in Spain over a period of 22 years. He received a civil engineering degree from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

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- Albert M. Greenfield

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Contact Details

Boston, MA
Email: info@mightr.us