Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors (LFTRs) are the key to a virtually unlimited source of energy and economic security for the future of the world! Having almost none of the negatives of conventional nuclear energy and a large enough source of easily recoverable reserves as to be considered a truly “green” energy. In addition, since it has already successfully been demonstrated in an operational nuclear reactor, we are working with an already proven technology. The time has come for us to move ahead aggressively develop this technology!
Dr. Charles Alexander
Professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Washkewicz College of Engineering at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio / Director of The Center for Research in Electronics and Aerospace Technology (CREATE). Dr. Alexander is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and served as its president and CEO in 1997. In addition he has held several positions within IEEE during his more that forty-five years of service as a volunteer. This includes serving 1991 to 1999 on the IEEE Board of Directors. He has received several local, regional, national, and international awards for teaching and research including an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree, Fellow of the IEEE, the IEEE-USA Jim Watson Student Professional Awareness Achievement Award, the IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Distinguished Professor Award, the Distinguished Engineering Education Achievement Award, the Distinguished Engineering Education Leadership Award, the IEEE Centennial Medal, and IEEE/RAB Innovation Award. / Cleveland State University
Technological advances in producing and refining liquid fuels in situ using high-temperature heat from nuclear reactors can resolve two major problems—dependence on oil from unstable areas of the world and greenhouse gas emissions
Dr. Charles Forsberg
Executive Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Nuclear Fuel Cycle Study, teaches nuclear chemical engineering, and leads nuclear-renewable / nuclear-fossil studies in the Nuclear Science and Engineering Department. Before joining MIT, he was a Corporate Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and recipient of the 2005 Robert E. Wilson Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers for outstanding chemical engineering contributions to nuclear energy, including his work in hydrogen production and nuclear-renewable energy futures. Dr. Forsberg earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota and his doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from MIT. He has been awarded 11 patents, has published over 300 papers, and is a registered professional engineer.
I wholeheartedly endorse the mission of the eGeneration Foundation in their efforts to promote the development of a Molten Salt Reactor (MSR.)
I am, as a power and energy academic specialist, technically convinced that the commercial development of such a Gen IV type nuclear reactor will provide for abundant, sustainable, and environmentally friendly energy.
However, I am aware that its development is unduly deterred by the lack of regulations that would allow for the rapid commercialization of MSRs and their capacity for addressing many resource limitation issues facing humanity (medical, water, food, to name a few.)
Therefore, the goal of the eGeneration Foundation, to be an instrument to effect regulatory creation so that industry can promptly achieve the development and commercialization MSRs is absolutely essential. And, thus it has my strong and unqualified support.
Eugenio Villaseca Ph.D.
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering / Cleveland State University
“Nuclear energy should be considered as an important contributor to our county’s future energy needs. And molten salt reactors merit consideration as an important source of that nuclear energy.”
Michael Heil Ph.D., P.E.
Michael L. Heil, Ph.D., P.E. President and CEO Ohio Aerospace Institute
I endorse the work of the eGeneration Foundation to foster the development of safe and environmentally friendly energy technologies through the development of a type of Generation IV nuclear reactors known as an MSR (molten salt reactor.) I give my endorsement for several reasons.
First, the possibility of having a cheap, non-interruptible, environmentally friendly energy source is worth pursuing as the rewards of having it would be very high if it lives up to only part of its promise. Our society has advanced scientifically and technically to the point wherein with enough energy we can dramatically improve both our environment and our standard of living. With regard to the environment, the rise in carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere can be halted, water can be desalinated from the ocean to make our deserts bloom, and toxic chemicals can be removed from our water and soil. As a direct benefit to humanity, a cheap and plentiful source of energy can water our farmlands and thus make them more productive, and can feed, clothe and house our increasing population. In addition, cheap energy will provide an increasing number of meaningful jobs. In the past 200 years the Industrial Revolution began this process and has already lifted 100's of millions of people out of poverty. It is important to continue; the use of MSRs will be an important component of this effort.
Second, MSRs, and specifically liquid fluoride thorium reactors, produce isotopes, specifically molybdenum-99 that is badly needed for nuclear medicine diagnostic studies. In addition, as a byproduct of the fission of thorium, alpha emitting isotopes such as Actinium-225 and Bismuth-213 are produced. Both of these isotopes, virtually unavailable now, hold potential for use against cancer as, properly directed, they are lethal to cancer cells.
Finally, additional benefits of the use of MSRs include the possibility of building very small, light-weight reactors for manned space exploration and producing Pu-238, also virtually unobtainable now, for atomic batteries in deep space probes.
So, summing up, whether it is for domestic energy consumption, use in reversing environmental damage, providing new isotopes with cancer treatment potential and for medical imaging, or for exploring the vastness of outer space, development and deployment of fourth-generation molten salt reactors is a vital piece of science and technology that needs to be delayed no further. Thank you for allowing me to comment on this important work of yours.
Julian Rosenman, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Radiation Oncology University of North Carolina Virginia Commonwealth University Professor of Computer Science.
Reliable, baseload electricity is the backbone of industrialized society and development of molten salt reactors, the thorium fuel cycle, and closed-cycle Brayton turbines could elevate billions of people to a sustainable, industrialized standard of living while also enabling cost-effective desalination, synthesis of liquid hydrocarbon fuels and advanced nuclear medicines.
Mechanical Engineer, Attorney
I think the greatest, early, synergistic, knock on result of creating an Energy economy based on Thorium utilized in Molten Salt Type Reactors would be the simultaneous re-creation of a Western based Rare Earth Economy.
Thorium is not a great fuel because of greater energy density, it is a great fuel because it is far more abundant than Uranium or other fuels, is much easier and cleaner to handle, and greatest of all, you get it FREE, when you process Rare Earth minerals - [ Minerals you ALSO get FREE from most mining operations that currently treat it as waste and mining by-productt hat is thrown away in tailings lakes ]
So, choosing to invest the money over the next 10 years to develop the use of Thorium in Molten Salt Reactors would not just create vast amounts of the cleanest, safest, energy that would be abundant for centuries, it would almost immediately create a supply chain of the Heavy Rare Earths needed to create hundreds of billions of dollars of advanced alloys, magnets, and electronics in the west.
Thorium is the lynchpin for a future society that requires abundant, clean, reliable, high temperature power, - the millions of jobs that energy would create, and the millions of jobs that would also be created by the advanced materials made available to the Western world once the liability of Thorium is taken away from Rare Earth Production.
Chairman / Thorium Energy Alliance
"The thermal spectrum LFTR (Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor, a type of Molten Salt Reactor) concept is inherently safe, with a negative temperature coefficient of reactivity, thus making a “core meltdown” due to loss of coolant impossible." "This approach would both supply electric power by using environmentally clean nuclear heat which does not generate green house gases, and it would also provide a clean fuel for the future, when, due to increased global demand and the decline in discovering new deposits, our supply of liquid fossil fuels will have been used up within the next 30 to 50 years, as predicted by the Hubbert model and confirmed by other global energy consumption prognoses."
Al Juhasz Ph.D.
Al Juhasz is a PhD and senior engineer in the Space Power & On-board Propulsion division at NASA Glenn Research Center
I have studied energy policy and management ever since I was a Supply Officer in the Navy. Both my Masters and PhD theses were about the transportation and storage of nuclear waste, respectively. I believe Americans should actively explore, investigate, and hopefully capitalize upon the opportunities Molten Salt Reactors present. The situations faced by individuals throughout history have been full of opportunities and alternatives, of which only a very small portion have been exploited at any given time. Rather than exploring and acting upon all of the available opportunities, individuals and groups have made decisions on the basis of partially formulated images or representations of their situations. This had led at best to partially successful outcomes and at worst to disastrous unanticipated consequences. In the United States, this sort of suboptimal decision making in the nuclear establishment over the past decades has culminated in daunting impediments to learning and discovery about leading edge nuclear technologies, such as Molten Salt Reactors. Rules and regulations that were developed and implemented for the largely outmoded nuclear technologies of yesteryear are now preventing innovators, investors and entrepreneurs within the United States from behaving rationally and exploring the promising opportunities of Molten Salt Reactor technology. To make matters worse, other countries around the world do not face similar impediments. The development and use of Molten Salt Reactors not only presents a potentially huge opportunity to help meet the growing population’s need for increasing amounts of energy, it can also help keep the United States in a position of world political and economic leadership. Exploiting the opportunities Molten Salt Reactors offer will take vision, resources, drive, and the removal or modification of many current institutional impediments. The eGeneration Foundation is dedicated to this purpose and therefore has my complete and unfettered endorsement.
William M Bowen (Bill) Ph.D.
Professor of Urban Studies and Public Policy at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. His research and teaching interests are in research-based decision-making and problem solving in regional analysis and planning, especially in relation to economic development, energy policy, and environmental issues. His recent research The Journal of Urban Management, Economic Development Quarterly, Biodemography and Social Biology, The Journal of Urbanism, The Journal of Urban Affairs, and the Annals of Regional Science.
Nuclear power is already the safest way to generate clean, reliable, low-carbon electricity, but what if we could make it even safer, and economically superior to fossil fuels? What if we had a tool to turn nuclear waste into fuel, desalinate seawater, extract valuable metals from coal ash, produce life-saving medical isotopes, and make light-weight, high-strength aluminum to improve the fuel-efficiency of our cars? We do. The Liquid Core Molten Salt Reactor offers a tool to achieve all these worthy goals with a proven, meltdown-proof, economical and ultra-safe nuclear reactor. America needs new solutions to our energy challenges – and that’s why I wholeheartedly support eGeneration’s mission to create an environment where this promising solution can be developed, tested, and deployed.
Brant Ulsh Ph.D.
Dr. Ulsh is currently a Principal Health Physicist for M.H. Chew & Associates. He has 30 years of experience in the radiation sciences, and he is certified by the American Board of Health Physics. His academic training includes a B.Sci. degree in nuclear engineering and a M.Sci. degree in health physics, both from the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. in Radiological Health Sciences from Colorado State University. He is President-Elect of the Environmental/Radon Section of the Health Physics Society, and he is also serving on the International Radiation Protection Association’s Radiation Protection Strategy and Practice Committee.
"I was at a meeting of nukes in DC maybe five years ago and learned about the benefits of thorium as a fuel and how it and rare earths tend to be found together. I hope that NRC will one day OK a commercial Th reactor!"
Novelist, Journalist, Star of Pandora's Promise, Environmentalist
When it arrives....Will we be ready?
Sustainable prosperity....Is no longer a pipe dream!
Billowing towards ceilings...Stained in haunting images,
It resides in waste piles....And the unfettered minds....Of brilliant young scientists....Modernizing environmentalism.
Who is to say...What we do next?
Proud MSR Activist / Retired Humboldt County Community Development Services Department/ North Coast Concepts/President of the Ferndale Museum/
“New nuclear technology is the best bet to be carbon neutral within the next 50 years, we should shed off the public taboo around nuclear power and look at the facts. MSR technology is a very promising alternative to the current (outdated and risky) nuclear power technology”
Managing Director Leaseweb Deutschland / Leaseweb Deutschland
"As a Software Engineer I develop mission critical software for enterprises that cannot fail. Every three years, software technology fully reinvents itself and, what was state of the art, is now becoming obsolete, and the systems have to be updated and eventually completely redesigned.
I support the development of MSR technology as the next step into a new Era of Sustainable Green Nuclear Technology.
Software Engineer / Business Owner
“ACT! for America, the largest grassroots activist national security organization in the United States, is dedicated to promoting strong national defense and curtailing the spread of terrorism and jihad, perpetrated both by violent and stealth practices in the world and within our country.
The Cleveland ACT! Chapter truly believes that the single most effective mechanism to win the war against terrorism, and to provide requisite and effective national security, is to achieve actual American and world-wide Energy Independence. This will only be accomplished through eliminating world-wide purchases of petroleum from countries and rogue states that sponsor violent terrorist activities and fund and promote anti-American, anti-Israel and anti-Western propaganda.
The eGeneration Foundation has presented to us a viable strategy initiative which utilizes a proven technology developed last century at Oakridge, TN that will allow all nations to use their own present resources to become energy independent of oil-rich entities that sponsor terror. The eGeneration Foundation promotes the Liquid Core Molten Salt Reactor (LCMSR) that has the ability to satiate world petroleum markets with direct petroleum replacements from non-traditional sources, at or below market rates. This will ultimately render state sponsors of terror and jihad irrelevant as international petroleum suppliers, effectively cutting them off from our petrodollars. Defunding terror-sponsoring states will greatly reduce their ability to supply terrorists who wage war against all peace-seeking nations and people of the world.
Removing America’s and the world's energy dependency upon such sponsors of terror is the only long-term effective strategy to win the war against terrorism. The Cleveland Chapter of ACT! for America wholeheartedly and vigorously supports the eGeneration Foundation and its mission to now implement the formerly-proven LCMSR safe path to worldwide Energy Independence.”
Beverly A. Goldstein, Ph.D.