We were 25 employees at Seaborg by the end of 2020. 76 by the end of 2021. Now we have reached 100 employees!
How many people will we be by the end of 2022?
The plan is to continue growing – over the next few months we plan to hire more than 35 employees, so keep your ears peeled.
The elephant in the room is, of course, why are we growing so fast, and what are all these people that appear in our social media feed actually doing. In this post, we'll give you a little insight into what it takes to build a molten salt nuclear reactor.
We’re standing on the shoulders of giants, and while there’s a lot of research out there that we can build on, there are a number of things that we’re doing differently here at Seaborg. We have an extensive R&D program that we’re progressing through a combination of in-house work and external collaborations. We’ve built our own labs and we're continuing to expand our facilities so that we can carry out IP-critical activities ourselves. Our R&D activities include understanding the behaviour of molten salts and materials in our reactor and developing processes to control the chemistry.
Our main focus to date has been to understand and control corrosion in molten hydroxides, but we’re also expanding our capabilities to understand our fuel salt - including obtaining approval to handle uranium fluoride in our own labs as well as collaborating with other research facilities. All of this requires great talent and a star team that can work together to solve these challenges.
Our engineering work is centered around developing and executing a systematic method for developing, analyzing, and documenting the design of the Compact Molten Salt Reactor (CMSR), which includes preparing the CMSR safety case, managing the integration of the CMSR into the Power Barge together with external partners, collaborating with suppliers for the sourcing of CMSR components, as well as providing engineering services internally at Seaborg for the development of experiments and tests to support the development of the CMSR.
You might still wonder: How have we found the right people with the relevant competencies and managed to onboard everyone in such a short period? Well, it has definitely been a challenge. However, due to the overwhelming interest in the company – also globally - as well as great networks of our colleagues, amazing people have joined us and are now part of our growth journey. We're all very excited to see what 2022 will bring us, and we hope that you will continue to follow us on our adventure.