April 17th, Auditorium Aula TU Delft
Program and registry: www.janleenkloosterman.nl/symposium.php
The Molten Salt Reactor symposium on April
17th is presenting three very special start-ups
that are working on sustainable nuclear energy:
Leslie Dewan (TAP,US)
Leslie will explain how the molten salt reactor that she and her fellow students designed at MIT
can convert all American nuclear waste into electric energy.
In December 2012, Forbes magazine selected Dewan for their “30 Under 30” in Energy.
In September 2013, MIT Technology Review recognized Dewan as one of “35 Innovators Under 35”.
In December 2013, TIME magazine selected Dewan as one of "30 People Under 30 Changing the World".
Her Boston based startup company Trans
Atomic Power (TAP) has received $2,5 million from Peter Thiel,
who also funded Facebook and LinkedIn as startups.
Kirk Sorensen (FLIBE Energy,US)
Kirk was the one who rediscovered the thorium molten salt reactor as an ideal form of sustainable energy in 2005,
after it had been forgotten for 40 years. His NASA research for a lunar base power source resulted in this reactor,
but it appeared to be ideal for the earth too!
His startup FLIBE Energy is designing a
molten salt reactor working on thorium, which is safe,
produces no long lasting nuclear waste, and can run continuously for 60 years.
It produces very cheap electricity and follows daily load changes automatically.
Dave LeBlanc (Terrestrial energy, Ca)
Dave and his Canadian startup are closest to a market introduction of a molten salt reactor.
They are working on a simplified version that works like a nuclear battery: it is produced in a factory,
closed, and transported to the site where it will produce heat for app. 7 years,
without requiring service or maintenance. After that period it is replaced by a new reactor.
David Martin (Alvin Weinberg Foundation,
UK) will explain the history of molten salt
and why the tragic mistake was made 50 years ago to prefer plutonium breeder reactors
over the safe thorium molten salt reactors.
Rory O"Sullivan (Energy Process Developments
UK) will inform us about all the serious
initiatives in the world that are developing molten salt reactors, including China,
and explain the differences.
Myriam Tonelotto will introduce her thorium MSR documentary for ARTE channel television.
Program: MOLTEN SALT REACTORS
April 17th; Auditorium Aula TU Delft
Chairman: Prof Dr Tim van der Hagen (DUT)
Technical part (morning):
10:00 Welcome - Tim van der Hagen (DUT)
10:05 Jan Leen Kloosterman (DUT), The concepts and physics of MSR
10:30 Jilt Sietsma (DUT), Materials issues for MSR
10:50 Rudy Konings (EC/JRC/ITU), Challenges in fuel salt chemistry for MSR
11:30 Kirk Sorensen (Flibe), Design and state of FLIBE reactor
12:10 Dave Leblanc (Terrestrial Energy), Design and state of TE reactor, TE/ORNL project
12:50 Myriam Tonelotto (ARTE television), thorium MSR documentary, talk and trailer
General part (afternoon):
14:00 David Martin (AWF), The history of MSR and visionary approach of Alvin Weinberg
14:30 Rory o’Sullivan (EPD), Serious initiatives on MSR, and Chinese MSR policy
15:00 Leslie Dewan (TAP), The TAP reactor as nuclear waste burner, Design and state of TAP reactor
15:40 Jorrit Swaneveld (Hanzehogeschool), Barriers and Drivers for MSR technology
15:55 Jan Leen Kloosterman (DUT), The thorium molten salt reactor, TU Delft MSR projects
16:10 Closure - Tim van der Hagen (DUT)