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Keynote Speakers

David Gandy

David Gandy
Principal Technical Executive

Keynote Title: Advanced Energy Systems Needs/Drivers Through 2050

Abstract: Electricity demand is projected to more than double over the next 25 years and will require deployment and construction of new/replacement assets including advanced energy systems (AES) options such as: advanced nuclear, non-battery bulk energy storage (e.g., molten salts), concentrated solar power (CSP), supercritical CO2 (sCO2) and thermal power plants with carbon capture and storage. This anticipated surge in power plant construction is being driven by a number of carbon initiatives which are being implemented across the globe to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050. This demand, coupled with competing demands found in aerospace and naval construction, will place considerable strain on the existing worldwide supply chain, and as a result, is forcing industry to explore new alternatives for component production and plant construction methodologies.

This presentation will: 1) discuss potential technologies which will enable Net Zero by 2050, 2) examine infrastructure needs/drivers to achieve Net Zero emissions, 3) highlight planned advanced reactor deployment over the next several years, and 4) investigate several alternatives for a robust supply chain.

Biography: David Gandy is a Principal Technical Executive in EPRI's Nuclear Materials area where he is responsible for technical oversight of major projects on advanced manufacturing, powder metallurgy, advanced welding, additive manufacturing, and next-generation erosion/wear resistant alloys. Mr. Gandy has 39+ years of demonstrated leadership and excellence in materials and welding technologies supporting the power industry in the development and implementation of advanced life prediction methodologies of boiler, steam & gas turbine, reactor pressure vessels, and heat recovery steam generators.

Mr. Gandy is recognized as an ASM International Fellow. He currently holds 14 U.S. Patents and has authored over 240 journal articles and technical reports. He is a member of ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code.

  • BPTCS/BNCS -- Special Committee on Additive Manufacturing
  • BPV III—Subgroup Nuclear Manufacturing Fabrication and Examination
  • BPV II—Contributing Member of Materials Standards Committee



Ron Boninger

Ron Boninger
Project Manager
Clean Energy Supplier Alliance (CESA)

Keynote Title: First of a Kind Large Scale PM-HIP (Powder Metal - Hot Isostatic Press)

Abstract:There is growing recognition that next generation nuclear power, including advanced and small modular reactors (ARs & SMRs), must be part of our Nation's clean energy generation portfolio. Timely and cost-competitive deployment of nuclear technology, at sufficient scale to meet our needs, requires a robust advanced nuclear supply chain that does not currently exist.

A major challenge in ramping up the necessary supply chain is the critical need for more rapid and cost-effective fabrication of large metallic components and pressure vessels needed for nuclear reactors, as well as for military and other commercial applications.

The Clean Energy Supplier Alliance (CESA), located in Washington State, is a member-based organization specifically formed to deploy the advanced manufacturing methods and production capabilities required for next generation nuclear. ( The CESA Advanced Technology at Large Scale (ATLAS) PM-HIP Project (ATLAS) is intended to be an overall solution to the large metallic component fabrication challenge. This session will detail the process CESA is undertaking to establish an ATLAS facility in the Tri-Cities, WA. The ATLAS effort involves technical, business demand and financial challenges that are made more difficult because ATLAS will be a first of a kind achievement. To overcome the various challenges of ATLAS, CESA formed the ATLAS Industry Consortium. The Consortium members are global leaders with the capabilities required to build ATLAS in areas including but not limited to finance, HIP design and development, modeling, materials, powdered metal, construction, operating and investment expertise.

Biography: Ron has 30 years of experience scaling all aspects of start-up business operations from initial product development to significant, profitable revenue growth. Ron's particular expertise is the commercialization and development of multi-discipline engineered products and technologies. Ron has founded and been the CEO of several companies.

Ron's current focus is clean energy technology.

Co-leading the Clean Energy Supplier Alliances efforts to bring advanced nuclear manufacturing technology to the Tri-Cities, WA region as a foundational step for creating an Advanced Manufacturing Center for clean energy technologies.

Part of the Founding Leadership Group that established the Energy Forward Alliance (EFA). The EFA focus is to deliver a net-zero carbon emissions community model by utilizing the region's clean energy leadership, skills and knowledge to leverage existing technologies as well as development and deployment of new technologies. Consulted with Dominion Energy Inc. to develop a plan to bring the next generation nuclear supply chain to three rural counties in western Virginia to replace their past coal mining-based economy.

Acted as a strategic advisor to a solar generator company, New Use Energy (NUE). Ron guided NUE on how to finance its growth, scale operations and focus its business and product strategy in the commercial clean energy market for rapidly deployable, mobile, rugged solar generator systems.

Ron is also the owner and founder of Stillmore LLC. Richland, WA. Stillmore is an investment company focused on start-up businesses and commercial real estate, leading to community improvement through small business economic success.

Ron has a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Ohio State University and a graduate business degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.