Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR)
What is a LFTR?
A Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) is a type of LCMSR (Liquid Core Molten Salt Reactor) designed to utilize the element thorium as a fuel. A LFTR can transform Thorium into inexpensive, abundant, high-temperature thermal energy for direct process heat usage or for driving electric power generation equipment to create abundant electricity.
Advantages of a LFTR
The LFTR (Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor) produces electricity cheaper than from coal (our largest and cheapest source of reliable electricity), cheaper than renewables, and cheaper than what foreign countries can currently produce electricity. It does all of this while producing no carbon dioxide, no airborne particulate pollution, using no water for cooling, and maintaining a very small footprint in the environment.
The LFTR produces about 3% of the waste of a current LWR (Light Water Reactor) of the same power, and much of this “waste” can be extracted and sold. Moreover, some of this waste need only be sequestered from the environment for 10 years, and the remainder for only 300 years, a far less daunting task than the 300,000 years required for today’s LWR waste.
The LFTR uses an inexhaustible supply of inexpensive Thorium fuel.