The Kachan report profiles those with the most potential, after exclusive interviews with executives from organizations such as Flibe Energy, General Atomics, General Fusion, Helion Energy, Hyperion Power, ITER, Lightbridge (NASDAQ:LTBR), NuScale Power, Ottawa Valley Research, QPower, Radix Power and Energy, RARECO, Terra Power, Thor Energy, Thorium One, and others.
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Flibe Energy will initially design, develop and demonstrate a small modular liquid-fluoride thorium reactor (SM-LFTR) for the US military.
* Desired first demonstration at a military site to be determined.
* Design power level of 20-50 MWe.
The SM-LFTR is the precursor to much larger, utility-class LFTRs operating at the 250-300 MWe power generation scale.
QPower Pebble bed reactor company plans to have an initial product that is a modular (factory-built) 40 MWe/100 MWth pebble bed high temperature, gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) called the QP-100. It appears this company has emerged from the South African and German Pebble bed reactor work.
Breakthroughs intended to make nuclear power safer and cleaner are being commercialized in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere, but will take root first in China. Leading developers of advanced nuclear technologies are lining up to trial their systems in China, which is investing more in nuclear innovation than any other country. Regulatory and political hurdles and powerful lobbies in the U.S., by contrast, are expected to hinder the adoption of new, safer and more efficient nuclear breakthroughs.