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November 17, 2013

Mtg: Molten Salt and Thorium Nuclear Power (MSR)

by @ 12:30 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt
 

WEDNESDAY November 20, 2013
OEB Life Members Group
Speaker: Dr. Alexander Cannara, Cannara Consulting
Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: $15, includes buffet dinner
Place: Willow Tree Restaurant, 6513 Regional St, Dublin
RSVP: By Noon November 19, on website
Web: www.ieee4life.org

Suppose someone told you there is a way of generating heat and electrical power on an industrial scale without the fuel emissions, nuclear materials, and waste we now produce, and do it for the whole world for thousands of years, using a cheap, plentiful source.  What would you say?
Suppose these power sources:
�    Cannot explode because they are unpressurized and produce no flammable materials
�    Shut down naturally, without power or people, if something goes wrong
�    Are independent of water cooling, so can be built anywhere, using little land
�    Get their energy from cheap material abundant on Earth, Moon, and Mars
�    Can be made to consume nuclear wastes
�    Produce valuable industrial/medical/scientific isotopes now becoming scarce
�    Have already been tested and shown to work
�    Can be built and operated more cheaply than coal, oil, or gas power
The generic name for this is Molten-Salt Reactor (MSR), and the specific variant is Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) — all American inventions, for now.  The Chinese and many others are busy finishing what we designed and operated in the 1960s at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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