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Charles W. Forsberg

Executive Director, MIT Nuclear Fuel Cycle Project
MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering

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Dr. Charles Forsberg is the Executive Director for the MIT Nuclear Fuel Cycle Study. Before joining MIT he was a Corporate Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Forsberg received the 2002 American Nuclear Society Special Award for Innovative Nuclear Reactors, and in 2005 the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Robert E. Wilson Award in recognition of chemical engineering contributions to nuclear energy, including his work on reprocessing, waste management, repositories, and production of liquid fuels using nuclear energy. He holds 10 patents and has published more than 250 papers. Dr. Forsberg’s current research interests include development of integrated nuclear fuel cycles, advanced high-temperature nuclear reactors using liquid-salt coolants, and development of global nuclear-renewables energy systems. The characteristics of each of these areas is the coupling of different technologies to enhance performance or create new capabilities. He is a licensed professional engineer.

Recent Comments by Charles W. Forsberg

  • "Hydrogen use is dependent upon cost. For chemical uses such as fertilizer production, there are no options and thus these uses are not price sensitive"
    The Role of Hydrogen
  • "There are three classes of hydrogen applications in a low-carbon world. The first is where require hydrogen chemical properties are required. Today t"
    The Role of Hydrogen
  • "Covid-19 will significantly increase energy use in large cities while creating large incentives to move to the outer suburbs. That will begin to be se"
    Expectations for Energy in 2021
  • "When considering social justice--there are several challenges The real challenge is to limit the reductions in standards of living when going to a lo"
    Energy Justice
  • "The U.S. energy system, depending upon the time of year, has somewhere between 45 and 90 days of energy storage to meet variable demand and assure rel"
    Decarbonization and Reliability
  • "Question 3. Today the grid can’t handle large scale electrification. At the current time, consumer energy demands 17% electricity and 83% heat. Yes, l"
    Electrification Nation: Buildings and Energy
  • "Missing from the discussion is that the pandemic has dramatically changed transportation futures. Its a whole new ballgame with very different and cur"
    The Future of Powering Transportation
  • "Brief notes. The high taxes on electricity in Germany are used to pay subsidies to wind and solar. Wind and solar collapse the price of electricity wh"
    Curbing Emissions with Electric Vehicles
  • "We need a reality check about all electric and plug in vehicles in terms of renewables and the grid. Large-scale wind and solar raises the cost of ele"
    Curbing Emissions with Electric Vehicles
  • "I corrected the original entry to emphasize that from a systems point of view, plug in hybrid electric vehicles are fundamentally different than all e"
    Curbing Emissions with Electric Vehicles