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LFTR (Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor) Defended by Kirk Sorensen @ ThEC2018

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Published on Apr 13, 2019

LFTR updates recently include DOE GAIN funding vouchers awarded in 2018 and 2019 to Flibe Energy. https://flibe-energy.com/

2018 - "Fluorination of Lithium Fluoride-Beryllium Fluoride (FLiBe) Molten Salt Processing – Flibe Energy has teamed with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to examine the use of nitrogen trifluoride as an agent to remove uranium from a molten-salt fuel mixture as a preliminary step for the removal of fission products. DOE Funding: $2,101,982; Non-DOE: $525,500; Total Value: $2,627,482" -DOE https://www.energy.gov/ne/articles/us...

2019 - "LFTR Preliminary Safeguards Assessment with partner facility Oak Ridge National Laboratory" -DOE https://gain.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2019V...

Kirk Sorensen's talks and interviews were recorded in Brussels at Thorium Energy Conference 2018 at the end of October. http://www.thoriumenergyworld.com/con...

Supplementary interview footage was shot at Oak Ridge National Laboratory during Molten Salt Workshop 2018 at the start of October. https://msrworkshop.ornl.gov/

This video capture and edit is a collaboration between iThEO and the "Thorium Remix" project. https://thoriumremix.com/

Useful timecodes:
00:00 DOE changes regarding Molten Salt Reactors.
01:34 Multitude of Molten Salt Reactor companies and designs.
03:36 Kirk analogy between PC revolution and pending MSR revolution.
04:36 Why do some MSR use Thorium but most do not?
08:35 How can academia help MSR effort? Research of value to everyone?
09:27 We need students who have played with salt. Skills for students?
10:17 Electromotive series. Separate Fission Products.
11:48 Chloride salts vs Fluoride salts.
12:22 MSRE experience with Fluoride Salts, Graphite, Hastelloy-N.
12:58 Acquiring U233 (Uranium-233) to seed LFTR. 2 Inventories.
13:31 Online chemical reprocessing embraced with LFTR. Proliferation?
16:07 Multiple revenue streams, not just sale of electricity.
19:38 Electricity generation seeing lack of innovation. (Time traveler.)
22:39 Carbon tax challenges. Kirk sees energy remaining inexpensive.
25:20 Wind and solar using grid as battery, the biggest subsidy.
26:51 Biggest challenge is not engineering, is communication.
27:40 Techno-optimism vs dystopia fiction.
30:10 Positive messages: We live longer lives. Cancer challenge.
31:25 Messages being heard that Thorium is not just energy.
32:07 DOE meetings Advanced Energy means Molten Salt Reactors.
33:20 Funding remains hardest challenge. DOE GAIN $2.6 Million PNNL.
33:56 Nitrogen Tri-Fluoride. NF3. Extract Uranium from Molten Salt.
34:38 Student? Exciting developments to work on.

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