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.