4 results for month: 02/2011


Why we need a Small Rugged Reactor…

This is why: Militants in Pakistan attacked a fuel supply convoy yesterday, killing at least four, that was bound for US military facilities inside Afghanistan. Twelve tankers were set ablaze and crews struggled throughout the night to put out the fire. What does this have to do with thorium or LFTR? A small rugged LFTR could provide electrical energy to these bases in Afghanistan that currently rely on shipments of vulnerable petroleum. Furthermore, the high-temperature capabilities of LFTR mean that we could also synthesize hydrocarbons to fuel vehicles on site, rather than trucking them in. How would it work? A small LFTR unit would be ...

Dr. Kiki's Science Hour: The Nuclear Alternative

Several weeks ago, Dr. Kiki Sanford, host of "Dr. Kiki's Science Hour", invited me to be a guest on her show. We recorded it last Thursday and it's now available on YouTube. I really enjoyed being Kirsten's guest and I thank her very much for the opportunity to talk with her about thorium and the liquid fluoride reactor!

Doing Our Part to Reduce the Deficit

The United States is facing a budget deficit of $1.5 trillion this year, and the new Republican-led House of Representatives (where spending originates in the US government) is looking for ways to save money. We in the thorium community have a significant idea for how the government can save $500 million dollars accelerate the development of LFTR help NASA explore deep space save thousands of lives from cancer It's pretty simple--cancel the Department of Energy's plan to destroy the uranium-233 stored at Oak Ridge National Lab. For over ten years, the DOE's Environmental Management division has been implementing a plan from the Defense ...

New Document: ORNL-2396

I've scanned and uploaded a new document to the EfT Document Repository: ORNL-2396: Guide to the Phase Diagrams of the Fluoride Systems (5.2M PDF)