Chinese molten salt expert joins Moltex Canada

Moltex Energy is delighted to announce that Professor Kun Chen has joined the company as Head of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs for Canada. Dr. Chen will be working in Moltex’s New Brunswick office, supporting the company’s work with New Brunswick Power to license and build the first Stable Salt Reactor. 

Dr. Chen is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and has worked on the Chinese Molten Salt Reactor programme since 2011. Their 2MW test reactor is due to commence construction this year. Dr. Chen worked as a Professor and Director in the department of Nuclear Safety and Engineering in the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics. He was educated at the prestigious University of Science and Technology of China, in Hefei, and earned a PhD from Indiana University before working for several years at Argonne National Laboratory which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy. 

“I have dedicated my professional life to making molten salt reactors a reality,” says Kun, “as this is the only affordable and practical way that we have of both meeting global energy demands and tackling climate change. I joined the Chinese programme in 2011 because it seemed the most advanced in the world at that time. I have joined Moltex Energy now because this is the company that has the best possible chance of turning the potential into reality. Moltex has brilliantly solved the engineering challenges which mean that we will really be building reactors very soon.”

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