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Update on the Molten Salt Reactor Scene and More on Thorium July 2015

Reviewing what’s been happening over the past 5 years there have been some events and trends that we should look at again. Since Kirk Sorensen got the ball rolling with his LFTR concept under the name FLIBE there have been additional startups in the MSR category. China started their initiative promising to patent their own flavor…

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TEAC is back June 3rd & 4th making it conference seven

Thorium Energy Alliance Conference is back, this time in the state where those who understand the importance if nuclear energy are fighting the battle of their life. California is where all the pumped up controversy that happens around the world happens in one place and gets spit out by the press and it is happening in fast motion. They just shut down San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (not decommissioning yet) last year and there is a team ( which I am in touch with personally) strategizing and writing their congress and senate to keep nuclear alive.  In light of the issue of drought and desalination nuclear energy provides a solution. The gullible star crossed or star cross-eyed earth lovers fight for the rights of sea life which ironically world-wide are doing better because of nuclear energy. Cooling of the Diablo plant affects some fish larvae and other creatures yet the whole state is under threat from bad management from energy ignorance. It’s the battle of the cause-hungry-bleeding-hearts that get to prove that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. The gullible jetsetter class have influence over the quiet majority by  making their case from news they get between the TV ads. They think they know better than real scientists and engineers who make it their life to understand the mysteries of science and nature.

Nuclear energy’s best chance at a true revival in the US and the world depends on how well we keep the new darling of the nuclear industry the Molten Salt Reactor alive and it’s supporters hopeful. The time to act is now. It really is the final hour.

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Energy and Climate Change Conference will have many of our supporters present.

Dr. Alex Cannara and Dr. Bob Greene will be going to an important conference in Virginia with two sessions where they each take turns as moderator with panelists that many here will know.  Both take place Wednesday,  Jan. 28th.

Morning Session:

S28. Nuclear Energy as a Non-Carbon Energy Option with moderator Dr. Bob Greene
Should we be re-evaluating Nuclear Energy as the prime tool to stall Climate Change?

Afternoon Session:

S40. Nuclear Energy: Technologies for 2025 and 2050 and Advancing Nuclear-Energy Options with moderator: Dr. Alex Cannara

See Alex’s post

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Renewed efforts to spread the word about MSRs bigger than ever

Hi All
I want to let you know about my plans for December and beyond. I am going to San Francisco to attend the American Geophysical Union annual conference that meets at the Moscone Center from Dec 15th to December 19th. I am waiting to hear about getting a press pass to gain access to the many talks with topics that cover all science from Earth or outer space. Either way I will be at the booth.
I will be doing a major story that covers MSRs and will be well primed by the time I leave for having shared many hours at the exhibition booth setup by the Thorium Energy Alliance of Silicon Valley (TESV) which I will be sharing duties promoting MSRs along with my Energy Reality Project. Doing a big story about how Molten Salt Reactors can save our future, give us back the oceans, clean the air, fix the economy, eliminate most “nuclear waste” and supply fresh water should get some attention.
I have created a new kind of crowd funding page. This one focuses on raising funds for creating a top notch story supporting MSRs. I hope to try and get it published in a major daily. I will be enlisting the help of a professional writer with a good track record.
Take a look. Contribute if you can. I have focused on my music and activism hoping the “patrons” will appreciate my brand of creativity.

If you watch my video “Support a Nuke” your first thought might be “is he serious or mocking?” Well I am being both. I love nuclear science. But I am mocking the stigma attached to the word “nuke.” How could a musician care about nuclear, you might ask. The Energy Reality Project was created partly because I knew that if I created a website containing the word “nuclear” that it would scare people away. I have created three blogs about different aspects of energy and nuclear power.  My passion is to share my findings and ask that if you want to stop coal from ruining the oceans and stop the coal burning that kills humans and all kinds of wildlife that you join me. I will be happy with small donations because that is the most many of us can do.

Rick Maltese
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MY WEB DESIGN  webdesign services
MY MUSIC  music services – transposing, composing, teaching etc  piano gig page

The picture included here is a drawing of what could be the first commercialized molten salt reactor. It is the IMSR by David LeBlanc’s Terrestrial Energy.

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Review of the Talk by Hugh MacDiarmid for TEI

Hugh MacDiarmid  for Terrestrial Energy, Inc. (TEI) gave his first talk as Chairman of the Board. He was recently appointed and asked to speak for The Economic Club of Canada in Toronto, Wednesday, September 24, 2014  His talks titled NUCLEAR: THE INNOVATION IMPERATIVE seems a perfect title during the same week of the UN (Climate)…

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Nuclear Power: Climate Change Warrior for the 21st Century

Nuclear Power: Climate Change Warrior for the 21st Century By George A Erickson – – Member – Thorium Energy Alliance, Union of Concerned Scientists, former VP – American Humanist Assoc. As our climate degrades and nations create expensive, short-sighted plans to adapt to catastrophic changes, why not eliminate one of the largest sources…

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What about a local market for Rare Earths? Did we forget about it?

Life is just so busy and no time to be the three people I’d like to be. But this is my latest discovery that sheds some light about the problem of rare earths. It is a two page article from 2012 and that is around the time Obama gave the news conference below about how America is missing out on having it’s own rare earth industry.

See U.S. Trade Dispute China Rare Earth Elements

The original PDF is here at the American Geophysical Union website

This is a quote from James Kennedy Thorium Energy Alliance Member and rare earth cooperative advocate. This quote is worth dissecting.

“Materials containing any ratio or combination of Thorium and Uranium above .05%. Producing or holding these materials within the regulatory threshold (.05%) requires extensive and wide-ranging licensing, storage, transportation, remediation disposal and compliance costs, including prohibitive liability and bonding issues. Consequently any potential supplier of byproduct / co-product rare earth resources that would be designated as “source material’ disposes of these valuable resources to avoid liability and compliance issues.”

This is in the context of mining where the content of thorium or uranium in the materials mined is more than 5 parts in 10,000. So instead of dealing with the consequences of separating the elements and processing, storing, licensing, transporting, disposing there are costs that make dealing with it undesirable. So the companies put it back in the ground.

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Carnival of Nuclear Bloggers #203

Welcome to the Carnival of Nuclear Bloggers #203. The subjects this week are quite a mixed bag that include Molten Salt Reactors, fusion, Fukushima, space exploration, Atomic Insights Smoking Gun series, the promise of uranium as a fuel and some major nuclear news items. Next Big Future 3 Posts from Brian Wang Terrestrial Energy successfully…

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Thorium Energy Alliance 2014 Conference (TEAC-6)

Scientists and others who endorse, design or promote Molten Salt Reactors Ralph Moir – team with Edward Teller at LLNL David LeBlanc – PhD from Carlton – designer of IMSR Per Peterson – Blue Ribbon Committee – pebble bed research ++ Bill Gates – Travelling Wave Reactor – MSR research James Hansen Ivar Giaever 1973…

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Kirk Sorensen Videos 1-Train ride from Geneva 2- LFTR Strategy for FLIBE Energy

These were shot by Gordon McDowell and his team at the ThEC13 (Thorium Energy Conference 2013) in Cern, Geneva. The first video of Kirk is just two days after the conference began. It gives some insights into what themes are prevalent at the conference and some of Kirk’s reactions to talks by other speakers. This…

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  • Quick Facts: [Thorium Element 90 in periodic table] [Burns up fuel much more efficiently than traditional reactors] [leaves barely any waste behind] [3 x more abundant than uranium] [MSRs run at high temp in liquid molten mixture of fluoride - heat useful for purifying water] [looks like blue water] [no pressure needed] [much safer because of passive safety] [Less expensive to build because it is smaller and easier to build with no pressurized containment needed] [can run without water therefore good for dry and remote locations][molten salt is very stable]

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