Environmental LFTR Advantages
1.The LFTR produces energy cheaper than from coal.
2.The LFTR produces about 3% of the waste of a light water reactor of the same power and much of this "waste" can be extracted and sold within 10 years. Moreover, this waste need only be sequestered from the environment for 300 years, a far less daunting task than the 300,000 years required for todays LWR waste.
3. The LFTR uses an inexhaustible supply of inexpensive thorium fuel.
Kirk Sorensen is founder of Flibe Energy and the Energy From thorium foundation and is an advocate for nuclear energy based on thorium and liquid-fluoride fuels. He has helped grow an online community of thousands who support a renewed effort to develop thorium as an energy source. He is a 1999 graduate of Georgia Tech in aerospace engineering and is completing graduate work in nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee. He has spoken publicly on thorium at the Manchester International Forum in 2009, at NASA's Green Energy Forum in 2008, and in several TechTalks at Google. He has been featured in Wired magazine, Machine Design magazine, the Economist, the UK Guardian and Telegraph newspapers, and on Russia Today.
Kirk Sorensen is a co-founder and chief nuclear technologist at Flibe Energy Inc., where he leads development of the liquid-fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR). Kirk previously worked for ten years as an aerospace engineer for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and as chief nuclear technologist at Teledyne Brown Engineering. Kirk has been a public advocate for thorium energy and LFTR technology for many years. He founded the weblog “Energy from Thorium” which has been the platform for the international grassroots effort to revive research and development of molten salt reactors. Kirk has been a prominent advocate for thorium energy including speaking engagements at TEDx, Google Tech Talks, Thorium Energy Alliance conferences and the International Thorium Energy Organization conferences
Kirk also taught nuclear engineering at Tennessee Technological University as a guest lecturer. He is active in nonprofit advocacy organizations such as the Thorium Energy Alliance and the International Thorium Energy Organization. He is married and has four children.
Green Energy that is actually GREEN!
The TRUTH about green Energy
Energy from Thorium that is produced in a LFTR (Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor) is the closest thing to green energy on our blue marble, planet Earth. Many other energies such as wind and solar need a complimentary power supply that, unless it is a LFTR, is dirty or produces carbon dioxide. While carbon dioxide may or may not cause global warming there are medicinal benefits to having more oxygen in the air than carbon dioxide. With that being said, a LFTR reactor, unlike wind, solar, and geothermal, is ENERGY ON DEMAND for our lifestyles and on our terms.
When the United States committed decades ago to uranium fuel and pressurized-water reactors for its nuclear program, other viable technologies were set aside. One, the liquid thorium fuel reactor with molten salt coolant, is re-emerging as potentially the safest, most cost-effective solution to future energy needs in the carbon-containment era. Thorium is abundant, produces far less toxic fission products than uranium and may soon compete with coal for cost per kilowatt-hour. The chemistry of thorium fission is compelling, and the engineering of thorium reactors, with a longer history than most people realize, appears to be seductively manageable.
Dr. Robert Hargraves, Aim high!
On August 30, 2010 Robert Hargraves presented a ten-minute version of Aim High to the Reactor and Fuel Cycle Subcommittee of the President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. All the presentations are posted here by the commission.
The commission will not recommend any specific technology such as LFTR, but this presentation might nudge them closer to recommending policy changes for NRC that would facilitate SMR (small and medium reactor) licensing, and also support technology neutral licensing, so that technologies differing from today’s standard light water reactors might be approved.
LFTR can Create Synthetic Fuel Affordably
Transforming abundant resources such as coal into Methanol Which can be burned in flex fueled cars and trucks.
Transportation accounts for 40% of the CO2 emissions in the state of California. Excluding electricity generation, liquid and gaseous hydrocarbon fuels comprise over 60% of US energy consumption. For many applications, these fuels will continue to be the most economical and highest performance energy source for decades to come even with rising petroleum and natural gas prices.
Energy Choice Frees us from the Oil Monopoly
A choice in fuels such as Methanol, Natural Gas, and DiMethyl Ether can break the stranglehold that oil has on our country by introducing competition in a market that has virtually no competition.
Anne Korin Energy Independence
Anne Korin is Chair of the Set America Free Coalition, an alliance of national-security, environmental, labor and religious groups. She's also the Co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) and a frequently quoted expert in the media and on Capitol Hill. Anne believes that one of the solutions to U.S. dependence on foreign supplies is fuel choice and competition in the transportation sector. She advocates that manufacturers should be required to make every car a flex-fuel vehicle.