Liquid fluoride thorium reactor

Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor or LFTR (pronounced “Lifter”) is a specific fission energy technology based on thorium rather than uranium as the energy source. The nuclear reactor core is in a liquid form at low pressure (i.e., ~1 atmosphere) and has a completely passive safety system (i.e., no control rods). Major advantages include: significant reduction of nuclear waste (producing no transuranics and ~100% fuel burnup), inherent safety, weapon proliferation resistant, and high power cycle efficiency.

It is a derivative of the Molten salt reactor or MSR technology, which was successfully demonstrated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the 1960s. LFTR ideally couples to new closed-cycle turbine power plants with nearly 50% efficiency. Rather than the historical MSR development, today the LFTR is a thorium technology approach being actively discussed as an alternate to uranium based Boiling Water Reactor (BWR).

ee also

* Liquid fluoride reactor
* Generation IV reactor
* nuclear reactor


* [ Energy from Thorium's Document Repository] Contains scanned versions of many of the U.S. government engineering reports. This repository is the main reference for the molten-salt fueled reactor's technical discussion.
* [ Moir, R.W; Cost of Electricity from MSRs; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, U.S.]

* "The First Nuclear Era : The Life and Times of a Technological Fixer", by Alvin Martin Weinberg (1994). Book by a former director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and a promoter of nuclear power and molten salt reactors.
* [; Atomic Podcast Program] Audio interview by Rod Adams and Shane Brown.

External links

* [ Energy from Thorium] Blog
* [ Naval Postgraduate School]
* [ Nuclear Engineering]

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