4 results for month: 12/2011


Dr. Joe Bonometti at TEAC3

Joe Bonometti and I have been colleagues and friends for a long time. At NASA we were the program manager and chief engineer for the MXER Tether technology program from 2003-2007 and we learned a lot about the dos and don't of technology development. Now Joe is working on a very large and excited technology development program and his understandings of tech development have grown immensely. Joe also did one of the very first "Tech-Talks" at Google on the subject of LFTR technology. I still remember how excited he was after he gave the talk and he called me and said "you've got to get out here!" Many thanks to Gordon McDowell for editing this ...

Google Tech-Talk: "Why Didn't Thorium MSR Happen?"

Last week I had an opportunity to travel to the San Francisco Bay Area and to give a "TechTalk" at Google. I chose to expand on some remarks that I had made earlier in the year at the ThEC2011 conference in New York about why the thorium molten-salt reactor wasn't developed. I had done quite a bit of research on the political circumstances in the late 1960s and early 1970s that accompanied the decision by the US Atomic Energy Commission (USAEC) to end the research at Oak Ridge on the MSR. Much of the material that I found I incorporated into the "Nuclear Historical Timeline" that I have been maintaining. So last Friday, December 16, I gave this ...

Ammoniac Nucléaire

Energy from Thorium reader Raul Parolari thought that some of our posts should be presented in other languages, so he offered this translation to French. French translation follows...

Remembrances of Dr. Kazuo Furukawa

Dr. Ritsuo Yoshioka of the International Thorium Molten-Salt Forum has relayed some sad news to us: "This is a very sad notice. Professor Kazuo Furukawa passed away on December 14th 2011. He had a cancer surgery in last summer, and he once came back. In last October, he gave several lectures at different seminars, and gave lectures on the Internet TVs, very actively. He was in a hospital since last November in order to relax his body, but it is a time we have to say the final words. I and other staffs will keep promoting his will, that is to realize Thorium MSR on this world. We hope your cooperation to this Forum, same as before." I had the great ...