10 results for month: 10/2011


Nuclear Ammonia

The liquid fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) has the potential to make electric power cheaper than from coal. Typical costs for electric power bought by US utilities average around 5-6 cents per kilowatt hour generated by coal, hydro, and natural gas sources. Government regulations are requiring utilities to buy solar- and wind-generated power at 20-30 cents/kWh. LFTR's potential cost advantage of 3 cents/kWh is the economic incentive to stop burning CO2-emitting coal, without economically injurious carbon taxes and politically obscured feed-in tariffs. In this way LFTR can improve both the environment and the economy. Click to read full post...

Flibe Energy presentation at LCES-2011 in China

The Low-Carbon Earth Summit 2011 is being held in Dalian, China this week. I was originally going to attend but in the end was not able, so I am indebted to Dr. Harold Dodds of the University of Tennessee for giving my presentation at LCES-2011 yesterday. Liquid-Fueled Reactors and a Thorium-Powered Future (2.5 MB PPT) The presentation is pretty simple and has an attached narration in the notes. I hope you enjoy it and I am very appreciative to Dr. Dodds for presenting it in Dalian.

"Thorium REMIX 2011" Complete!

Gordon McDowell has completed his epic work and released "Thorium REMIX 2011"! Gordon states in the comments that he is looking for broadcast opportunities and is licensing this under "CREATIVE COMMONS" which means that there is no commercial restriction. Anyone can broadcast this, and I think that is exactly what Gordon wants.

Presenting at ThEC2011

The second Thorium Energy Conference (ThEC2011) was held at City College in New York from October 10 to 12, 2011, and was hosted by the International Thorium Energy Organization (IThEO). Click to read full post...

Flibe Energy in the UK, part 9: Conclusion

On Friday, September 16, we spent several hours being interviewed for a potential future documentary on thorium. Later that afternoon, we had a brief meeting with Robin Grimes of Imperial College, Paul Madden of Oxford, Julian Kelly of the World Nuclear Association about the potential for thorium research in the UK and Europe. In the evening, for the second time Kirk Dorius and I enjoyed beautiful music at St-Martin-in-the-Fields off Trafalgar Square. Continue reading...

Flibe Energy in the UK, part 8: Friends of the Earth

On Thursday, September 15, we had an opportunity to present on thorium and liquid-fluoride reactor technology at the offices of Friends of the Earth in London. We were accompanied by Baroness Worthington and several members of the Weinberg Foundation, Laurence O'Hagan, John Durham, and Joanne Fishburn. We were introduced by Craig Bennett, who recounted the events of the Weinberg Foundation launch a week previous, and encouraged the group to keep an open mind about the potential of thorium technology to fight climate change. Continue reading...

Flibe Energy in the UK, Part 7: Lords and Oxford

Upon our return from the trip to Sellafield we were pretty exhausted but glad that we had made the trip. The next day, Wednesday, September 14, we met with Baroness Worthington in the Palace of Westminster (Parliament) and she introduced us to Tom Burke, who was a former director of the Friends of the Earth and who is now Environmental Policy Adviser to Rio Tinto, the $81 billion international mining company. Continue reading...

Flibe Energy in the UK, Part 6: Sellafield

After all the excitement of the trip to Cambridge on Saturday, Kirk Dorius and I had a more relaxing Sunday. Continue reading...

Flibe Energy in the UK, Part 5: Cambridge

It had been a full week for us, and on Saturday morning Laurence O'Hagan took us for a drive up to Cambridge to see the Baroness and relax some. Riding in a car in the UK was still quite a new experience for me.  Sitting in the "drivers side" of a car and having no steering wheel there, as well as driving on the left-hand side of the road, took a bit of getting used to. But the drive from London to Cambridge was lovely and it was nice to see the countryside away from the city. Within Cambridge we met the Baroness at the gate to Trinity College, where we had a morning appointment with Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, master of Trinity College, ...

Flibe Energy in the UK, Part 4: DECC

We spent a large portion of Friday, September 9th at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, where we were privileged to discuss details of LFTR technology, including the details of the power conversion system with top DECC officials. Many DECC staff members then attended the open presentation on LFTR. Keep reading...