Kirk Sorensen, founder of the energyfromthorium blog, has left his job as chief nuclear technologist at Teledyne Brown to found a company, Flibe Energy, dedicated to building commercial liquid-fluoride thorium reactors (LFTRs).
Kirk has not disclosed details of funding for Flibe Energy (which is named for the mixture of lithium fluoride (LiF) and beryllium fluoride (BeF2) that is proposed, in molten-salt form as a coolant for LFTRs), but a Teledyne Brown executive attending the conference said that they are “fully supportive of Flibe Energy” in introductory remarks. Kirk also pointed out that, in addition to (and likely preceding) the product of commercial power, LFTRs offer several other revenue streams: in particular supply radioisotopes for medical applications. The only reactor producing medical radioisotopes in North America is due to shut down in the next three years.
FlibeEnergy’s ambitious development program aims for first demonstration criticality in June 2015
♦liquid-fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR)
♦It is safe, mechanically simple, compact, and can be deployed virtually anywhere.
♦In preparing to build LFTRs we will recover valuable medical radioisotopes that could provide early financial return.
♦Operating LFTRs will generate electricity, desalinated water, and valuable radioisotopes for NASA and the medical sector.
Flibe Energy mission is to supply the world with affordable and sustainable electrical energy, desalinated water, synthetic hydrocarbons, ammonia, and lifesaving radioisotopes.