5 results for month: 06/2012


MSRE…that ORNL youngster…

We were visiting Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) yesterday and during a lunchtime discussion, the topic of the most recent reactor at ORNL came up. A little discussion ensued and we realized that, with its first criticality in June of 1965, the Molten-Salt Reactor Experiment (MSRE) was the second-youngest reactor (in terms of first criticality) on the ORNL site. If you consider the operation on U-233 fuel, and the MSRE was the first reactor anywhere to operate on U-233, then it would be the youngest! The first reactor on the ORNL site was the Manhattan-Project-era Graphite Reactor in 1943, and the last (to achieve criticality) was the ...

Baroness Worthington at the US Space and Rocket Center

Several weeks ago Baroness Bryony Worthington of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom came to visit Flibe Energy in Huntsville, and as we in Huntsville are wont to do, we took her to the US Space and Rocket Center, where I gave her a guided tour of America's race to the Moon. I couldn't help but throw a few insights and analogies towards LFTR development in there as we talked. Video editing and filming was done by Gordon McDowell and Cameron Frisby.

Interview with Driving Force Radio

Baroness Worthington and I were interviewed by Jan Mazotti and Kelly de la Torre of Driving Force Radio and ICOSA Magazine during the Baroness's visit to Huntsville, Alabama, on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. I had the pleasure of meeting Jan and Kelly at the Global New Energy Summit in Colorado Springs in March, where we had a short interview. Jan and Kelly are a real pleasure to talk to and they came to Huntsville specially to meet the Baroness.

Interview with Paul Haubenreich, June 13, 2012

Over the last several weeks we at Flibe Energy have spent a fair amount of time supporting the progress of Gordon McDowell's "Thorium Remix 2012" effort, and one of the activities has been interviewing some of the people who actually worked on the Molten-Salt Reactor Program at Oak Ridge back in the 1960s and 1970s. One of the leaders of the MSRP effort was Paul Haubenreich, who was the co-author along with Dick Engel of the journal article "Experience with the Molten-Salt Reactor Experiment" in February 1970. Mr. Haubenreich is a WWII veteran and graduated from the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology (ORSORT). ...

1973 Newspaper Article about MSR Cancellation

This newspaper article was published on February 13, 1973 in a local Oak Ridge newspaper, and it was recently recovered from the personal archives of one of the key persons on the Molten-Salt Reactor Program. Molten Salt: 500 Worked For 25 Years By CAROLYN KRAUSE The recent termination of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Molten Salt Reactor Program was a bitter disappointment to the 100 people directly connected with it, but it was hardly unexpected. Some could see the dark clouds on the horizon as early as 1967. For them, it has been only a question of when, not whether fiscal lightning would strike and end the program. On January 29 (1973), the ...