Kirk Sorensen on Thorium−The Magic Elixir That Could Solve Our Energy Needs and Global Warming
The Growing Movement of Thorium Around the Globe−With China in the Lead
Jim is pleased to welcome back Kirk Sorensen, a leading proponent for liquid-fluoride thorium reactor technology, to discuss the growing thorium movement around the globe. Kirk notes that thorium has 10,000 times more energy density than coal, as well as providing growing applications in the medical field. The Chinese are clearly the leaders in developing thorium reactors, with the United Kingdom looking at the potential of thorium to replace coal as a domestic energy source. The US invented the technology, but is not among the global leaders in thorium reactor development.
Kirk Sorensen has been studying thorium technology since 2000 and has been a public advocate for its use and development since 2006. He started the weblog, Energy from Thorium, which has spawned a global movement of interest in liquid-fluoride thorium reactor technology. He has a masters’ degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is studying nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee under Dr. Laurence Miller. He worked at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center from 2000 to 2010 and led advanced technology development for new space transportation systems. From May 2010 to May 2011 he served as Chief Nuclear Technologist to Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville, but left recently to found a new company, Flibe Energy, which is devoted to the design, development, manufacture and operation of liquid-fluoride thorium reactors.