Welcome to Season 4 Episode 22
SMR the future
Tony grew up in the UK in the 1960’s. And at the age of 15 he was at a crossroads. At school he was given only 2 choices of study – Either science or arts, you couldn’t do both. Tony really liked the arts, but the science teachers were really good. So he ended up studying physics, maths & chemistry.
And when the school holidays came around he started looking for a summer job. And this will likely sound strange to you, it certainly sounded strange to Dom & I, but Tony turned his attention to the local coal fire power station. So he called them up and asked if he could work for them during the holidays… and they said yes! He was 15.
But Tony loved his experience and wanted more . So he went to university and graduated with an honours degree in electrical university and continued to work in power stations during his vacations.
I found it absolutely fascinating place, really exciting
Extra discussions during the episode
In the episode, Tony refers to the website http://electricitymap.org – this is a really interesting breakdown of energy emission creation from around the world.
Future: Making a change for good is possible
we’ve got this major challenge with climate change. We really could make a difference in Australia.
Advice: Look to and study experienced engineers – you can really learn a lot from them.
look at how the best engineers communicate
The RTPCR (real time reverse transcription, polymerase chain reaction) which is being rolled out by the IAEA (international atomic energy agency) – this is an engineering item which has been created in response to COVID and allows for almost instant results of testing.
it really shows engineering, responding to a crisis
Adi Paterson – the CEO of ANSTO
I think he’s an engineer with vision that was able to really make ANSTO now a World-class facility.
About Tony Irwin
Tony Irwin is a Chartered Engineer who worked for British Energy in the UK for more than thirty years commissioning and operating 8 nuclear power reactors.
In 1999 he moved to Australia and joined ANSTO where he was the Commissioning Manager and then first Reactor Manager of ANSTO’s new OPAL research reactor.
Tony is Chair of Engineers Australia Sydney Division Nuclear Engineering Panel, Technical Director of SMR Nuclear Technology Pty Ltd and an Honorary Associate Professor at the ANU where he is the principal lecturer for Nuclear Reactors and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle.
Tony is enthusiastic about passing on his nuclear experience to the new generation of engineers.
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