I just read today that Selenian Boondocks coblogger, Kirk Sorensen, just stepped down as Chief Nuclear Technologist at Teledyne Brown Engineering to start his own company, Flibe Energy, focused on commercializing his LFTR (Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor) technology. Way to go Kirk!
I like the angle he’s taking. While this reactor is nominally a power-generator, he’s looking at the medical isotope and RTG plutonium production markets as additional niches that LFTRs can fill much better than the competitors. I think that’s pretty clever (in some ways like what we lucked into at Altius with Sticky Boom): focus first on markets that your competitors are at a distinct relative disadvantage, use that to get a toehold, and then jump back in to the real fray.
And I thought I had my work cut out for me starting an aerospace company! Good luck Kirk! Here’s to hoping that 20 years from now people look back on Boiling Water Reactors in the same way the look at using leaches for curing diseases in the Middle Ages. 🙂
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