Flibe Energy was founded by Kirk Sorensen on April 6, 2011 after he had spent 11 years studying and independently exploring the technical basis and design of molten-salt reactors (MSR). He conceived of the LFTR in 2006 as a modern incarnation of molten-salt reactor technology that incorporated the best principles of safety, performance, and economic versatility to lead to the most desirable outcomes. LFTR technology has steadily progressed since then and took a substantial step forward under a recent study funded by the Electric Power Research Institute. Mr. Sorensen is largely credited for the global revival in interest in MSR technology since he made available hundreds of forgotten reports on the technology in 2006 as well as promoted the concept through public talks and presentations around the world.

The company’s name is derived from the nickname chemists gave to the salt combination most desirable for use in molten-salt reactors. They called a combination of lithium fluoride (LiF) and beryllium fluoride (BeF2) “flibe” as a shorthand. Flibe salt is the basis for each of the salt combinations that will be used in the LFTR, and now is strongly branded in association with our company. The company is a Delaware C-corporation (File: 4965286) and is presently headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama. Follow us through our LinkedIn page.

Officers and specialists in the company include:

Kirk F. Sorensen, President and Chief Technologist

Kirk Sorensen is the founder of Flibe Energy and currently serves as President and Chief Technologist. Kirk has been a public advocate for thorium energy and liquid-fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) technology since creating the weblog “Energy From Thorium” in 2006. Kirk has a master of science degree (2014) in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee and a master of science degree (1999) in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s of science degree (1998) in mechanical engineering from Utah State University. He first learned about thorium and molten-salt reactor technology in March 2000 shortly after joining NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, following his graduation from the Georgia Institute of Technology. After eight years at NASA MSFC, he was detailed to the US Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) beginning in June 2008. In 2010 he joined Teledyne Brown Engineering as their Chief Nuclear Technologist. With encouragement from Teledyne management, he left in spring 2011 to form Flibe Energy. Kirk has been a prominent advocate for thorium energy with regular speaking engagements and media interviews across the world.

Benjamin Soon Teng Tze, Chief Business Development Officer

Benjamin Soon is the Executive Director and Chief Business Development Officer for Flibe Energy in Southeast Asia. Based in Singapore, he brings experience and insight into the unique geopolitical and business affinities of the ASEAN region. Ben served in the Republic of Singapore Airforce for 13 years, first as a qualified pilot including a tour of duty in the United States and then in Headquarters as an Analyst with specialisation in the Southeast Asian Region. Military service included Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami relief operations. He previously served as Managing Director for an IT Solutions company before embarking on his military career. He held Security qualifications during his tenure in the Airforce and a Diploma in Civil and Structural Engineering from Singapore Polytechnic. He has a Degree in Business Management from the Swinburne University of Technology, where he graduated at the top of his year and received the Highest Achieving Academic award (Management) and Overall Highest Achieving Student award. Ben has spent 6 years studying the field of thorium-based nuclear energy, particularly in the area of Molten Salt Reactors (MSR), with specific emphasis on Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors (LFTR) and has spoken about the subject at events and conferences. Ben has a keen interest in regional energy security and has been a passionate advocate of thorium energy for many years, including establishing the educational website “Thorium for Singapore” to advance awareness of the potential benefits of Thorium energy and LFTR technology in Singapore and the wider region.

Trevor S. Giles CPA, CMA, CFA, Chief Financial Officer

Trevor Giles joined Flibe in May 2015 as an Advisory Board member to provide Flibe with financial advice and direction and has agreed to take on the Chief Financial Officer role for the company. He is currently a Director and Partner in North America’s largest tillage tool manufacturer with factories in Canada and the USA. He has been actively researching LFTR technology since 2011.

Mr. Giles was most recently Senior VP Investments and Chief Compliance Officer for a Canadian based fund of hedge funds firm. Mr. Giles has significant experience in venture capital, private equity, public investments, hedge funds, and bond trading. Prior positions have included Executive Vice President of Investments of Westcap Mgt. Ltd, the investment manager for the Golden Opportunities Fund, a Saskatchewan Labour-sponsored venture capital fund with over $200 million under management; Associate Portfolio Manager and Foreign Bond Desk Manager for CIBC World Markets; Investment Executive with Burns Fry; and Treasury Manager with a Saskatchewan Crown Corporation

Mr. Giles is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CMA Track) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He is a member of the Victoria, Vancouver, and Toronto CFA Societies, the CFA Institute, and the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia.

Dr. Matthew Lish, Senior Dynamicist

Matthew Lish is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a bachelor of science in chemistry, and the University of Tennessee with a doctorate in nuclear engineering, concentrating in system dynamics, instrumentation, and control systems. Dr. Lish has experience in dynamic modeling, instrumentation and control system design, and advanced diagnostics and prognostics techniques for light water cooled and molten salt cooled reactor systems. His areas of interest include reactor system dynamics and simulation, advanced instrumentation and autonomous control, chemical separations processes, and machine learning.

Dr. Kurt Harris, Senior Mechanical Engineer

Kurt Harris graduated with his Ph.D. from Utah State University, where his research was focused on scanning thermal microscopy and the laser-based measurement of thermal properties of advanced materials. Dr. Harris is also experienced with the design of power conversion systems utilizing supercritical carbon dioxide.

Quincy Parrott, Corporate Secretary

Quincy Parrott has a degree in English Teaching from Brigham Young University. She has taught English in inner-city Washington DC, suburban Atlanta, and in northern Alabama. She is an avid runner and the mother of four children. She has been involved in strategy development with Flibe Energy since its earliest conception and has helped with public outreach and investment.

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