Classic ORNL MSRE Film

This film was produced in 1969 by Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the United States Atomic Energy Commission to inform the public regarding the history, technology, and milestones of the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment (MSRE). Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Molten Salt Reactor Experiment was designed to assess the viability of liquid fuel reactor technologies for use in commercial power generation. It operated from January 1965 through December 1969, logging more than 13,000 hours at full power during its four-year run. The MSRE was designated a nuclear historic landmark ...

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Thorium Remix 2016

Gordon McDowell has completed and released his two-hour documentary "Thorium Remix 2016" and it is a fantastic introduction to the technology of thorium molten-salt reactors and the LFTR design in particular. Flibe Energy and other MSR developers are mentioned and described. Please enjoy and consider participating in Gordon's Patreon program!

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TU Delft Symposium on Thorium MSR

At the invitation of Dr. Jan-Leen Kloosterman of the Delft University of Technology (Technische Universiteit Delft, TU Delft) I attended a symposium on thorium in molten-salt reactors held on April 17, 2015. Other participants included David LeBlanc of Terrestrial Energy and Leslie Dewan of Transatomic Power. My objective was to make the case that the thorium fuel cycle, integrated with the molten-salt reactor, represented the best path forward for humanity's energy future. I began with a review of the dates of Glenn Seaborg's pioneering work on thorium as well ...

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Great Videos from Alex Pasternack!

I really enjoyed watching Alex Pasternack's new short video on Dr. Edward Teller: Motherboard TV: Doctor Teller's Strange Loves, from the Hydrogen Bomb to Thorium Energy Ralph Moir had told me this story about Teller before, but watching it presented this way with the video interviews of Teller and short descriptions of projects that we worked on, was much richer. Teller was indeed a very unique kind of person, whose early experiences with Communism in Hungary shocked his mind into responses that others struggled to understand. I hesitate to cast any judgements since I ...

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New Parliamentary Group Formed to Consider Thorium

Last year, I travelled to London to participate in the kickoff of the Weinberg Foundation, an advocacy group for thorium energy. I am pleased to announce with them the formation of an "All-Party Parliamentary Group" or APPG that contains members of both the House of Commons and House of Lords, to consider the potential of thorium as an energy source. This is a press release from the Weinberg Foundation that was issued today. Press contact details are included below. Safer, cleaner nuclear alternative tops the agenda for new All-Party Parliamentary Group on ...

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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 ...

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Holding a Fluoride Salt for the First Time

On Friday, September 23, several of us from Flibe Energy traveled to Oak Ridge National Laboratory for a short meeting and a driving tour of some of the historical sites there. Keep reading...

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"Future of Energy" Posts at Forbes, July 26-31

After writing a guest post on a Forbes blog in March, I was invited to start my own blog on Forbes and have welcomed the opportunity. I called my Forbes blog "The Future of Energy" and I hope that my posts will be entertaining and informative, and will capture the thrill and excitement that I feel when looking at the possibilities of nuclear fission as our future source of energy. July 26: BRC Set to Endorse Interim Storage This post captures some of my thoughts relative to the release of the Blue Ribbon Commission's draft report. July 27: A Simplified Nuclear "Waste" ...

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Thorium Discussion in the House of Lords

The question was asked by Baroness Angela Smith of Basildon, and the government's response was given by Lord Marland of Odstock, who is Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Keep reading...

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The Baroness Defends Thorium!

Lady Worthington rises to the defense of the thorium option in the pages of the Ecologist, where so recently it was attacked by Eifion Rees. The Ecologist: Response: don't dismiss the potential of thorium nuclear power To successfully reduce the risk of climate change we need to commericalise affordable, safe, flexible, long-lasting, low carbon sources of energy. We do not know yet if LFTRs fit the bill but they look extremely promising. It would be irresponsible to dismiss them out of hand before finding out. If the UK is serious about pursuing nuclear power, and it ...

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