Advanced nuclear history is made by Oklo

Oklo’s combined license application, the first ever (non-light water) advanced fission technology, was accepted by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The application was submitted to the NRC in March and its historic acceptance augurs a whole new era in the commercialization of carbon-free advanced fission technologies.

Oklo’s CEO and co-founder, Jacob DeWitte, said the acceptance indicates that the NRC is prepared to license advanced fission technologies like Oklo’s, which has been named Aurora. The Aurora powerhouse utilizes advanced fission to generate 1.5 megawatts of clean power.

“Advanced reactors are an important tool for climate change, and we are proud to be the first to submit a full license application and the first to have it accepted,” said DeWitte. “As a start-up, Oklo is persistently driving innovation by doing things differently. We are setting a different paradigm by challenging the current system, while getting feedback, iterating, and ultimately getting approval on things that traditionally have not been done before.”

“Advanced fission is a real solution to meeting increasing energy demands while alleviating climate change,” said Oklo’s Director of Licensing, Alex Renner. “We trust that the NRC can successfully license an inherently safe reactor that is capable of protecting our health and the environment,” added Renner.

Oklo is the first company to submit a combined license application of any type since 2009 per the NRC website and the modernized application structure that the company pioneered will serve as a accelerating precedent for future advanced fission license submittals.

Read more about this announcement at Business Wire‘s “Oklo Announces Historic Acceptance of Combined License Application.” Read through the Combined License Documents for Aurora — the Oklo Power Plant Application documents submitted by Oklo to the NRC at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission website.