MIT Energy Initiative

A new look for nuclear power

An MIT team explores a floating future for nuclear energy

Michael Golay, Jacopo Buongiorno, and Neil Todreas, from A new look for nuclear power, Energy Futures Spring 2015

More than 70 new nuclear reactors are now under construction, but that’s not nearly enough to make a strong dent in CO2 emissions worldwide.

Jacopo Buongiorno, associate department head and professor

Professors Michael Golay and Jacopo Buongiorno and Professor Emeritus Neil Todreas of nuclear science and engineering are designing a floating nuclear power plant that could provide enhanced safety, easier siting, and centralized construction—and could be deployed in time to play a critical role in a low-carbon energy future.

Research Team