"The Good Reactor," a thorium documentary

I met Frankie Fenton and Des Kelleher at the ThEC2010 conference in London and saw them again recently at TEAC3 in Washington, DC. They’re working on a documentary about thorium reactors called,

“The Good Reactor”

Take a look!

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6 Replies to ""The Good Reactor," a thorium documentary"

  • Mike Lawrence
    May 29, 2011 (10:34 pm)
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    Good trailer. Unfortunately the subtitles print the word "protege" (not a word; protégé is a word but isn't context appropriate) when the speaker seems to say the word "progeny" (a word that is context appropriate). If you have their contact info, you might want to suggest they correct this.

  • Paul C from Austin
    May 31, 2011 (2:53 am)
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    Hopefully this documentary will do for LFTR what 'Who Killed the Electric Car' did for the EV.

    I would suggest however, as I have here before, that they do not promote LFTR at the expense of other renewables- it is counter-productive, and will be hard enought to swing some 'greenies' over to LFTR as it is- such technologies should be complementary, not combative with each other. Now, it may prove out that some renewables will not be viable- or at least not in all situations- but that needs to play out over time with R&D, not rhetoric, mis-information or scare tactics- the same obstacles that LFTR proponents have to deal with.

    I am guessing the folks behind the documentary are well-aquainted with your site, and as they do not have the capacity for comment on their blog, hopefully they will take these thoughts here to heart;-)

    All that said- again, I appreciate the work you and they are doing for LFTR- good luck guys!

  • Frankie Fenton
    May 31, 2011 (6:31 am)
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    Thanks for that Kirk. Mike, that embarrassing spelling mistake is going to be fixed today hopefully when i get back into the editing suite! Thanks for spotting that one!

    Paul, we will hopefully treat the subject with as much care as you hope for. The aim is to inform as many people as possible with hope for a better world in the future. That future depends on the very urgent decisions we make today. Also we have a blog up on the site (www.thoriumdocumentary.com) if you want to have a quick look. Check it out and let us know what your thoughts are. Thanks a million. Frankie

  • Vaughn patania
    May 31, 2011 (12:08 pm)
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    Since we're dealing with spelling mistakes in the trailer – should "Savannah" (place name) not be 'savanna' and not capitalized?

    Anyway, I'm a huge fan of the idea of Th power (worked for a while in the building that housed the MSRE at ORNL in the '90s) and love the idea of popularizing the concept through a documentary. Good luck and I hope to view it soon.

    Vaughn

  • Montana Hakin
    June 1, 2011 (8:16 am)
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    Looks great, has a great intrigue.

    My only suggestion would be to tweak the film noir style of the site that is surrounding the film in a dark background. Sets a tone before anything is started… maybe something lighter?

  • Dr Tim Norris
    October 5, 2011 (1:23 pm)
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    Economic activity is closely related to the real cost of energy, presently pricipally provided by carbon-based fossil fuels, for example coal, oil and gas. When the cost of energy rises, economic activity slows. When economic activity slows, an associated decline can be self-reinforcing, resulting finally in a spiralling down of economic activity around the World. This comes at an incovenient time when World population is in an order of 7 billion people. Whereas renewable energy systems have many highly desirable characteristics, for example are relatively safe if anything goes catastrophically wrong (e.g. a wind turbine blade fragments), they result in a high cost of energy production and do no help to arrest the aforementioned decline. This decline is clearly explained in Dr Richard Duncan's Olduvai Theory.

    Conventional nuclear takes a long time to implement. Moreover, recent events at Fukushima have perhaps made people think twice about the potential intrinsic safety of Zirconia-clad solid fuel nuclear systems. In consequence, what we witness is an increased interest in Thorium, especially Thorium LFTR as proposed by the honourable Alvin Weinberg, a truly great scientist.

    The good news about Thorium LFTR is not just its ability to generate large amounts of power in a relatively safer and cleaner manner, but its concurrent ability to burn up high-level nuclear waste which otherwise requires throusands of years of storage. The arguments for Thorium LFTR are so compelling that its implementation, even if solely to dispose of existing stockpiles of dangerous nuclear waste, is a very high priority. Even the most conservative of environmentalists who are generally opposed to nuclear power will appreciate the value of impelementing Thorium LFTR to dispose of safely the existing stockpiles of nuclear waste.

    I submit that Thorium LFTR should be given the very highest priority, despite financially difficult times. Dr Kirk Sorensen deserves special praise for his steadfast and diligent promotion of Thorium LFTR in the World arena to avoid this Thorium LFTR technology being overlooked and forgotten. We could not wish for a more excellent ambassador in Dr Kirk Sorensen for promoting something which can bring huge benefit to mankind. It would be wonderful if we could clone a population of Dr Kirk Sorensens (!) by transmutation or otherwise to make the World a vastly better place for humanity. Hearty thanks to Dr Sorensen for all his ecxcellent work.


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