Nuclear: A Clean Energy Option

with Rose Montgomery
Friday, April 1, 10:10 AM to 11:30 AM

Nuclear energy is essential to meet the world’s growing demand for energy while limiting climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Nuclear energy is extremely reliable, and it can be deployed on large or small scales to supply the world with clean, affordable electricity. However, like all energy sources, nuclear power produces some waste that must be disposed of properly.  In this talk I discuss why nuclear is a clean option for energy production, examine the nuclear fuel waste produced by commercial power production, discuss the options related to used fuel management, and take a look at what other countries are doing to manage their used nuclear fuel.

Rose Montgomery joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2016 after spending more than 23 years in the civilian nuclear industry. She has extensive experience in the development and testing of spent and fresh fuel transportation packaging; the design of new fuel for commercial power reactor operation; and testing and post-irradiation examinations of used fuels supporting burnup extension, power uprates, and interim storage.

At ORNL, Rose leads the Used Fuel and Nuclear Material Disposition group, which is focused on solving problems related to the storage, transportation, disposal, and reprocessing of nuclear materials and radioactive wastes. Rose is the lead investigator for the “Sibling Pin” project, a part of the High Burnup Spent Fuel Data Project sponsored by the US Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy. The project is examining 25 high burnup commercial spent fuel rods. The detailed examinations are providing essential information on the physical state of high burnup rods after reactor operation, and separate effects testing provides data on potential changes in the fuel rods resulting from interim dry storage activities.

Rose is also the vice president of ORNL’s Women’s Alliance Council, an employee resource group that works with ORNL management to promote policies that improve morale, recruitment, and retention of all employees at ORNL. The Council is working with other national laboratory women’s groups and university women’s groups across the US.

Rose received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina and is registered professional engineer in the state of Tennessee. In her spare time, Rose enjoys sewing and knitting and is an accomplished portrait painter.