Flibe Energy Announces Board of Advisors

September 26, 2011

Board of Advisors Named For Flibe Energy Inc.

Huntsville, Ala. – Flibe Energy Inc. has named six members to the Flibe Energy Board of Advisors. The board members will provide direction and guidance in the continued development and commercialization of the liquid fluoride thorium reactor or LFTR (pronounced “lifter”).

Flibe Energy Inc. is the leader in development of LFTR technology, which harnesses the energy stored in thorium, the Earth’s most abundant and dense natural energy source. A small handful of thorium can supply a lifetime’s energy needs, a small grain silo of thorium could power North America for a year and known thorium reserves could power society for thousands of years.

LFTR can produce not only safe, sustainable electricity, but lifesaving medical radioisotopes, desalinated water and ammonia for agriculture and synthesized fuels in the process. LFTR technology will have tremendous impacts in global energy, medical, agricultural and industrial sectors.

Dr. Parker Griffith, M.D. of Huntsville, Alabama

A radiation oncologist in Huntsville, Alabama and former US Congressman representing the fifth congressional district of Alabama. Dr. Griffith is originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, and served as a Medical Corps captain and instructor in the US Army from 1970 to 1973. In Huntsville, Griffith helped establish the Huntsville Cancer Treatment Center, the state’s first comprehensive cancer-treatment facility. He retired from medicine in 1992 and served in the Alabama State Senate before successfully running for US Congress in 2008. He received his medical degree from the Louisiana State University Medical School in 1970 and served in residency at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Robert Hargraves of Hanover, New Hampshire

A retired executive who promotes the “Aim High!” vision of a world energy future powered by thorium and liquid-fluoride thorium reactors. He is the co-author of the American Scientist article “Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors” and teaches energy policy at Dartmouth’s Institute for Lifelong Education. He was the Chief Information Officer at Boston Scientific Corporation from 1994-2000, and a senior consultant at Arthur D. Little from 1982-1994. Dr. Hargraves earned his doctorate in physics from Brown University in 1967 and an AB in Mathematics and Physics from Dartmouth College in 1961.

Dr. Ralph Moir of Livermore, California

A retired plasma physicist from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and an expert in hybrid fission-fusion reactors, particularly those that use molten salts for the blanket and first wall of the reactor. Dr. Moir has produced 169 publications and been awarded five patents in a variety of nuclear reactor technologies. Dr. Edward Teller‘s final paper (in 2005) was co-authored with Dr. Moir on the subject of molten-salt reactors that use thorium. Dr. Moir earned his doctorate in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1967 and a BS in Engineering Physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1962. His CV and list of publications are available online.

Dr. Per Peterson of Berkeley, California

A professor of nuclear engineering at the University of California at Berkeley and an expert in thermal-hydraulics and heat transfer of high-temperature fluids, particularly molten salts. Dr. Peterson has recently been serving as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. Dr. Peterson earned his masters and doctorate in mechanical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley in 1986 and 1988, and his bachelors of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Nevada at Reno in 1982.

Dr. Darryl Siemer of Idaho Falls, Idaho

A retired chemist from the Idaho National Laboratory who is an expert in virtually all technical aspects of radioactive waste management. Dr. Siemer has had 75 journal publications in subjects including atomic spectrometry, chemical engineering process design, electronic circuit design, and analytical research and development. He earned his doctorate in chemistry from Montana State University in 1974 and was an assistant professor in chemistry at Marquette University from 1974-1978.

Dr. Chris Uhlik of Danville, California

Recently retired from engineering management after nine years at Google, where he managed directly nearly 500 engineers and indirectly over 2000 employees. From his service as an Engineering Director at Google, he counts engineering recruiting, Toolbar, Software QA, Software Security, GMail, Video, BookSearch, StreetView, AerialImaging, Wireless Data Networks, and Research activities in Artificial Intelligence and Education among his accomplishments. Previous to Google he worked at Toyota in Japan and at various startups in the Silicon Valley where he built active suspension systems, robot controllers, cellular telephone systems, and internet routers. His primary interests are the study of complex systems, technology evolution, nuclear power, artificial intelligence, ecosystems, airplanes, and education. Dr. Uhlik earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University from 1979 to 1990, and has pursued studies in mechanical engineering, aeronautics, computer science, and math.

For more information on Flibe Energy visit www.flibe-energy.com.



15 Replies to "Flibe Energy Announces Board of Advisors"

  • Jeff S.
    September 29, 2011 (12:47 pm)

    That looks to be a very impressive list of advisors.

    So, I have to ask, what's a board of advisors? I guess it's different from a "Board of Directors", in that they don't actually have ultimate authority over the company, but are more like a group of consultants that have agreed to provide ongoing technical advice to the executives and board of directors, in their respective areas of expertise?

  • Kirk Sorensen
    September 29, 2011 (12:54 pm)

    The Board of Directors runs the company. The Board of Advisors advises the company. None of them work for the company or can obligate the company through what they do. Nor does the company have to follow their advice. But forming a Board of Advisors recognizes the unique value of each of the members of the board and provides a legal mechanism whereby they can be advised of the company's strategy and direction and can advise based on that information. It also provides a mechanism by which the company can reimburse board members for reasonable expenses incurred in behalf of the company, for instance, the costs that might be incurred in coming to an advisory meeting.

  • Jeff S.
    September 29, 2011 (1:30 pm)


    Thanks for the reply. I sort of thought that was the case. I've only heard of a company "Board of Advisors" maybe once before, so was never entirely clear what their role was.

    Anyhow, seems like Flibe Energy is moving along with milestones in corporate development. I hope you have much success!

  • Martin Burkle
    September 29, 2011 (1:47 pm)

    Gee, what a group of advisors! Will you be selling tickets to the board of advisors meetings? I want a season ticket.

  • Bryan Elliott
    September 29, 2011 (4:03 pm)

    I'm curious: does Flibe Energy's early strategy include working out practical test-cases for waste heat reuse, since that's non-nuclear engineering you can do now?

    The reason I ask is, it's a lot less impressive to say, "We might be able to make ammonia at a cheaper per-BTU cost than gasoline," than it is to say, "We make ammonia at a cheaper per-BTU cost than gasoline"

    With something like Cal Abel's supercritical CO2 heat pump (see Atomic Show #174), you may be able to profitably apply some of the planned high-temperature applications to lower temperature heat engines if pumping heat doesn't take too big a bite out of your efficiency. If that's the case, you have the opportunity to prime your own market.

    You've a better idea of the general feasibility here, but if I'm right, you should break off some engineering resources to attack waste heat reuse early on.

  • jp straley
    September 29, 2011 (4:19 pm)

    It's a business, first and foremost. I would suggest a bit more emphasis on management & finance.

    JP Straley

  • Alex P.
    September 29, 2011 (4:29 pm)

    Good luck Kirk !

  • TerjeP
    September 29, 2011 (6:03 pm)

    So when can we buy stock?

  • Alberto R.
    September 30, 2011 (3:05 pm)

    Seems a great team.
    Hope you the best for the revolutionary LFTR. And beat the chinese!!

  • gallopingcamel
    October 1, 2011 (12:58 am)

    Does Flibe have any kind of relationship with David LeBlanc?

    Is he with you or part of the competition?

  • brendan
    October 2, 2011 (12:21 pm)

    The advisors are tech folk–engineers and scientists, and very respectable, too. But, you need public educators, p.r., marketers. Only the google person has even a connection to the consumer market, and it's a pretty indirect one. The tasks for lftrs is not so much the science, it iis to build a constituency, to get the word out, to persuade. THAT is the kind of advice you should be seeking.

  • Kirk Gothier
    October 2, 2011 (1:02 pm)

    Impressive Board! As I've previously offered, please feel free to contact me if you need any advice on federal or local land use regulations. The people who understand the power of NIMBY are the ones who manage to actually get things built in our world.

  • gallopingcamel
    October 4, 2011 (12:08 am)

    No matter that you have been hiding your light under a bushel. Somehow the word is getting out as evidenced by the fact that you got an honorable mention in the Hayek Lecture given by Matt Ridley. http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2011/10/2/

    OK, while I was hoping you would listen to the whole 60 minutes, the bit about nuclear power starts in the Q&A section around the 45 minute mark.

  • SteveMoniz
    February 23, 2012 (9:45 am)

    I would agree with Brendan, but I don't know your corporate strategic plan. That would start with a Goal. I'll offer three choices:
    1) Construct a LFTR.
    2) Convince Congress to fund a LFTR.
    3) Increase public awareness of LFTR.
    If the first applies, the other two become corporate Policies under your VP-Public Affairs.

    Under the Policy level of a formal Strategic Plan come Projects. One of those is obviously to design the LFTR. With your Board of Advisers you seem to have leapt to the enginering details without considering the overall picture.
    You need more "VPs" than the one Brendan suggests. A formal Strategic Plan describing your Goal, Policies, and Projects would help define your effort.

  • Tom Hanson
    March 25, 2015 (9:17 pm)

    Could you please give me a call. Would like to give you a Washington DC connection. Could be very beneficial for the Thorium project.

    Phone 603-986-8411

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