Flibe Energy with its Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) concept, is one of the three companies that was today awarded a GAIN Nuclear Energy (NE) Voucher to accelerate the innovation and application of its technology.
Flibe Energy that is developing the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) concept, an innovative two-fluid molten-salt nuclear reactor coupled to a closed-cycle gas turbine for power generation. The GAIN NE voucher was granted for Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) Preliminary Safeguards Assessment.
Once started with high-233U-content fuel, the LFTR would require no fissile replenishment during its operation, eliminating the need for uranium enrichment infrastructure. LFTR would also eliminate fuel fabrication and utilize internal chemical processing to purify its fuel salt and remove fission products. At the end of its operation, the salts are to be recycled to the next generation of LFTRs. This strategy would nearly eliminate the production of long-lived radioactive wastes and retain all actinides in useful operation in a steady-state environment.
GAIN NE voucher recipients do not receive direct financial awards. The GAIN nuclear energy vouchers provide access to national laboratory capabilities at no cost to the voucher recipients. All awardees are responsible for a minimum 20 percent cost share, which could be an in-kind contribution.
This is the second round of vouchers granted in 2019. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) established GAIN to provide the nuclear community with the technical, regulatory and financial support necessary to move innovative nuclear energy technologies toward commercialization while ensuring the continued safe, reliable and economic operation of the existing nuclear fleet. Through GAIN, DOE is making its state-of-the-art and continuously improving RD&D infrastructure available to stakeholders to achieve faster and cost-effective development of innovative nuclear energy technologies toward commercial readiness.
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