Utah State University Engineering Week

Posted by on 2017/02/24 with 0 Comments

It doesn’t take much convincing to get me to visit Utah, and I was especially happy and honored when Utah State University asked me to be a dinner speaker at their “Engineering Week” on February 22, 2017. Dinner presentations aren’t exactly the place for deep technical expositions, even more so after we had all enjoyed a delicious meal, so I tried to craft the big picture for the many students and faculty in attendance. Keep reading…

Filed Under: blog

2017 Platts Nuclear Energy Conference

Posted by on 2017/02/13 with 0 Comments

I was asked to speak at the Platts Nuclear Energy Conference in Washington, DC, on February 10, as part of their panel on “New Approaches to Advanced Reactor Design.”

Keep reading…

Filed Under: blog

MSRE Film from ORNL

Posted by on 2016/10/16 with 0 Comments

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 in 1994. Thanks to Y-12 for the collection, preservation and digitization of this and other historic films.

Keep reading…

Filed Under: blog

Thorium Article in Machine Design

Posted by on 2016/09/28 with 0 Comments

Several years ago I had the opportunity to write an article for Machine Design magazine. Last year I was contacted again and offered another opportunity to write an article for them. They had had success with a series where questions were often asked were answered by experts. The question that they had often been asked by their readers was

What’s the Difference Between Thorium and Uranium Nuclear Reactors?

and the article was my attempt to answer that question as simply and succinctly as possible, but no simpler that that. For those interested in the much longer answer, consider reading my MS thesis from the University of Tennessee.

Filed Under: blog

Flibe Energy T-shirt with 3-stage thorium plan

Posted by on 2016/09/27 with 0 Comments

Flibe Energy T-shirt sold through Nogginhed

Filed Under: blog

“Unconventional Reactors” article

Posted by on 2016/09/12 with 0 Comments

Could These Unconventional Reactors Restart The Nuclear Age?

Molten salt or liquid fluoride thorium nuclear reactors could potentially be much cheaper as well, generating electricity for less than one-third the cost of current nuclear technology because it wouldn’t require expensive high-pressure containment vessels to hold potential releases.

The fruits of a recent interview with Andrew Follett of the Daily Caller.

Filed Under: blog

Chloride Reactor Research Funded by DOE

Posted by on 2016/01/16 with 0 Comments

The Department of Energy has issued two awards on January 15 under their Funding Opportunity Announcement of July 31, 2015.

Energy Department Announces New Investments in Advanced Nuclear Power Reactors to Help Meet America’s Carbon Emission Reduction Goal

Keep reading…

Filed Under: blog

EPRI Report on LFTR Published

Posted by on 2015/10/22 with 0 Comments

For most of the past year, I have been working steadily on inputs to this report, now published by the Electric Power Research Institute.

EPRI: Program on Technology Innovation: Technology Assessment of a Molten Salt Reactor Design — The Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR)

It contains the most comprehensive description of the liquid-fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) concept to date, along with the results of an exercise in possible effects from various failures or operational anomalies.

Thanks go out to EPRI and Southern Company for providing the funding for the study, and to Teledyne Brown Engineering for the administration of the research contract.

Filed Under: blog

1965 MSRE editorial from Oak Ridge

Posted by on 2015/06/02 with 0 Comments

Several days after the successful start of the Molten-Salt Reactor Experiment, the local paper, the “Oak Ridger”, published this editorial:

Keep reading…

Filed Under: blog

MSRE 50th anniversary

Posted by on 2015/06/01 with 0 Comments

For many nuclear engineers, the moment a new reactor first achieves criticality is considered the “birth” of their creation, the moment it “comes alive”. Criticality is special, because it means that the reactor is generating new neutrons at precisely the rate at which they are consumed in fission.

Keep reading…

Filed Under: blog
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!