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Nuclear Power

Flibe Energy gets DOE funding for nuclear research

by Craig Bettenhausen
July 13, 2018 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 96, ISSUE 29

 

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Credit: Flibe Energy
A small ball of thorium contains all the energy a person will use in their life, Flibe says.

The U.S. Department of Energy is funding new research into liquid fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) technology. LFTRs generate nuclear power with thorium carried in a solution of molten fluoride salts, a technology advocates say is safer and more efficient than conventional uranium reactors. Flibe Energy will receive $2.1 million from DOE and $525,500 from other sources to study the use of nitrogen trifluoride to remove uranium from the nuclear fuel solution. The funding is part of a $20 million DOE package for nine industry-led advanced nuclear R&D projects.­

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Dirk Van de Voorde Ambassador Thorium Energy World Belgium (August 9, 2018 2:01 AM)
People ask me: when is the LFTR a fact? What are the chemical barriers that must be overcome? Is the correct alloy already determined for the vessel and al his tubes and pumps?
Kind regards,
Dirk
John Adam (November 27, 2018 5:30 PM)
I have believed that the MSR Breeder should be the backbone of our country's energy policy since the late 1960s when I earned my BS in Physics. When the Government stopped funding the MSR I decided to work in Information Technology instead of Nuclear Power. ORNL did a study of coal ash to find out how much thorium and Uranium it contains. They found enough that a MSR could produce 18x the energy that burning the coal produced. Obviously we have enough toxic coal ash in dumps in the USA to power the Earth for hundreds of years. Now the MSR can also breed all of the so called nuclear waste in spent fuel rods to produce all the power the USA would need for a few hundred years. So why not get the EPA to try this technology to clean up the mess? The MSR is melt-down proof, doesn't produce greenhouse gases, has a much smaller footprint than our current Nuclear Reactors, and does not deface the environment like wind and solar.

Beyond that the coal ash also has huge amounts of aluminum, rare earth elements, and other critical chemicals the we have become dependent on unfriendly countries like China for. Obama told ORNL to give China our old MSR technology, and Hillery allowed Rosatom to have control of a quarter of our Uranium production, so wouldn't Trump love to save the environment and aggravate our enemies using Nuclear Power for our benefit?

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