Thank you, jon, for helping me to gain an understanding of this very difficult effort. I'm glad you endorsed World Nuclear News for good information. I'll look for the 19 October 2015 "Export License Granted for Lightbridge Fuel" WNN article. I've been reading Rod Adams that's been encouraging. I didn't know about his attempt at a reactor. Fascinating! I was happy to see Robert Alvarez and his following debunked by Rod. Thanks for the GA-Dyson info. I'll study that.
Your explanation of the Lightbridge fuel is enlightening. I guess we'll be watching for news on the Halden test? This company's goals reveals much more than the replication of at least one reactor where U-233 seed and Th blanket formed the solid fuel assembly that was connected to the grid (Shippingport APS)—a kind of nuclear fuel intended for the fluid phase and not the sold. Transatomic appears to be utterly an SNF reprocessing technology to the extent that their "waste annihilating" MSR (whamzer or is that a metaphor?) intends to be fueled by that source. And they have nothing on the SRS debacle?
Are you working or have you worked in nuclear? I wish those in the know would begin posting here again.
jon wrote:This website has done a great job in getting people interested in a resurgence of nuclear, which is badly needed [I totally agree!], but of late it's been pretty quiet. Maybe some of the more prolific contributors are staying mum for commercial reasons, if they have ties to one of the startups. As Kirk says, we don't really know what's going on with Flibe Energy either.
Loose lips sink ships? Of course, that warning was born before the U.S.S. Nautilus
. Elsewhere I've told of my discovery of thorium on YouTube in October 2014 when I was looking into Lockheed Marrtin's claim to soon have a working high beta fusion reactor
. I was floored by Kirk Sorensen (thanks to the filmmaker, Gordon McDowell, who took my phone call). I and many others have very high hopes for his "entirely different reactor"—his LFTR based on the MSRE that was entirely different in 1965! Can billionaire resources solve nuclear engineering problems? ("Albert, here's a billion. Now, how does gravity work? I'll be back.")
jon wrote:Personally, I think for real progress you need government support and government money. Outside the US, most nuclear programs—in France, Sweden, the United Kingdom, India, China, South Korea and Russia—have been state owned. The UK government has been trying for years to kick-start new reactors without actually taking a hands on role, only to have the French and Chinese governments take over, and with very slow progress to boot. Sorry if I sound like a Communist.
You mean like Adam Smith? Didn't the founding father of economics make rather sound arguments for joint action concerning certain group problems? (I work in entertainment.)
In the Army we said, "Don't just stand there! Hurry up and just don't do something!" I guess we all have to wait for this odious US election to be over.