An Ohio Plan for Molten Salt Reactor Development

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An Ohio Plan for Molten Salt Reactor Development

Post by Tim Meyer » Jun 28, 2016 12:46 pm

An Ohio Plan for Molten Salt Reactor Development

eGeneration.org makes a strong case for Ohio's NPBS for U.S. MSR research, development, and deployment. Comments?
Conclusions

- Advocating for NASA Plum Brook to host very small research molten salt reactors for the purpose of Molybdenum-99 production, while researching MSR engineering issues, makes sense from a security standpoint, not only for America, but for the world.

- Medical Isotopes (Molybdenum-99) produced from such reactors need to be distributed across North, Central, and South America. This business model can support the construction of an $80 Million airport required for such distribution.

- An airport at NASA Plum Brook means access to much more business for the testing facilities at Plum Brook.

- The NASA Plum Brook grounds are large enough to incorporate a business park that would support the mass assembly of molten salt reactors.

- Perry Nuclear power plant has the capability to support a quarter-scale test reactor that would be needed in the commercialization process of molten salt reactor technology.

- Piketon, Ohio’s uranium enrichment facility has the capability to host a full-scale modular molten salt reactor, which would require testing before initiating assembly line manufacturing of such reactors.
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Re: An Ohio Plan for Molten Salt Reactor Development

Post by camiel » Jun 28, 2016 1:34 pm

It is an interesting plan, but my guess is that the Idaho National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory hold all the cards as possible locations, if a molten salt reactor is to be developed in the United States. The Idaho National Laboratory started life as the "National Reactor Testing Station", for the very purpose of hosting prototype and test reactors.

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Re: An Ohio Plan for Molten Salt Reactor Development

Post by Kirk Sorensen » Jun 28, 2016 1:58 pm

Plum Brook was not consulted before this plan was released and made it clear that they wanted no part of it. Shortly thereafter the promotion for the plan ended.

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Re: An Ohio Plan for Molten Salt Reactor Development

Post by Tim Meyer » Jun 28, 2016 2:26 pm

Does that make it a bad plan? If Idaho is preferred, fine. The point is the need to complete thorium MSR testing. Such plans are likely secret as far as this forum is concerned.
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Re: An Ohio Plan for Molten Salt Reactor Development

Post by Kirk Sorensen » Mar 13, 2019 10:23 pm

Ohio bill would create nonprofit to promote advanced nuclear research
A group of Ohio lawmakers wants to help make the state a leader in advanced nuclear technology, but some critics are questioning the benefits and potential risks to taxpayers under a new bill to promote research and development. Ohio House Rep. Dick Stein, R-Norwalk, introduced the Advanced Nuclear Technology Helping Energize Mankind (ANTHEM) Act last week. The bill would set up a nonprofit Ohio nuclear development authority to promote advanced nuclear reactor technology, nuclear waste reduction, isotope extraction and related activities. It has 17 co-sponsors, all Republicans. “The intent is to move the ball forward and make Ohio a leader in advanced reactor technology,” Stein said. Nuclear watchdogs, though, said the bill would mostly benefit investors while shifting risk to the state. And it promotes pie-in-the-sky goals that distract and divert attention from more promising climate solutions, they said. “HB 104 comingles military and civilian nuclear research and technology, would reprocess high-level radioactive waste in Ohio, and would allow for the commercial disposal of radioactive waste in our state, all in one poorly written package,” said Patricia Marida, chair of the Ohio Sierra Club Nuclear Free Committee.

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Re: An Ohio Plan for Molten Salt Reactor Development

Post by Tim Meyer » Mar 14, 2019 1:14 pm

Thanks for posting, chief. Dr. Siemer endorsed the chloride fast reactor. The Flibe machines seem way ambitious at the rate of approval for molten salt reactors. Given the challenges, seems the BEST design for burning SNF and beyond started with WG-Pu would be the way to go, and makes the greatest sense, beginning at SRS where the plutonium is stored.
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