About WLEA

 Our Story began in 2014 when two retired scientists, David Earnshaw and David Copeland, founded the Wyoming LFTR Energy Alliance (WLEA). “Having muttered and grumbled about the global energy situation for years, we decided to get off our duffs and do something.”

“My personal vision? To hasten the day that LFTRs replaces all fossil-fuel fired power plants and all solid-uranium fueled, boiling water and pressurized water reactors in the world. This devolves from my understanding that the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor is superior in every way I can think of to the solid-uranium fueled, water-cooled nuclear reactors used today. Once I understood the LFTR and thought about its potential, I realized that it will be utterly world changing in its use to generate electricity, provide high-temperature process heat, desalinate water, and do multiple other things more efficiently than coal or oil without producing greenhouse gases.” – David Earnshaw

“My personal vision is a 95-percent or greater reduction in global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions through a balanced LFTR/renewables energy platform.” – David Copeland

 

THE WYOMING LFTR ENERGY ALLIANCE (WLEA)

 

Our Mission is to promote the development, manufacture, and deployment of the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR, “lifter”).

Our Vision is the LFTR accepted and adopted worldwide in energy platforms comprising LFTRs for continual, large-scale applications and renewables for intermittent, small-scale applications.

Our Belief is that a 95-percent or greater reduction in global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions can be obtained through the judicious complementary deployment of LFTRs and renewable energy sources to replace almost all hydrocarbon energy sources.

[This is the magnitude of change necessary for the survival of human beings and of life as we know it on this planet.]  

Our Focus is LFTRs.

[Wind and solar sources of electric power are on-line today. The LFTR requires final development of several engineering and material elements to be commercially viable. Thus, while the WLEA argues for a global LFTR/renewables energy platform, our focus is LFTR development, manufacture, and deployment.]

Our Argument:

  • Our future global energy platform must meet the dual challenge of providing for greatly increased electric power use while eliminating emissions of CO2 and other pollutants from electric power generation as well as greatly reducing these emissions from other sources.
  • With our present knowledge and at the scale envisioned, this dual challenge can be met effectively only with an energy platform comprising renewable energy sources and electric power generation fired by nuclear reactors.
  • The LFTR is the nuclear reactor of choice.

[There are two kinds of nuclear reactor, the kind we have and the kind we could have. The kind we have, the conventional reactor, uses solid uranium in fuel rods, is moderated and cooled by water under high pressure, and operates at moderate temperature: the inefficiency, high cost, and occasional catastrophic failure associated with the conventional reactor arise from these attributes. The kind of reactor we could have, the LFTR, is fueled with thorium in a molten salt, and operates at atmospheric pressure and at far higher temperature: these attributes make for efficient, safe, economical operation.]

[A sampling of projected benefits: with respect to our national economy, a LFTR-based energy platform supporting greatly increased use of electric power, especially in transportation, will shrink oil imports, our balance of payments deficit, and our energy costs. For Wyoming these benefits will be augmented by converting coal to transportation fuels, plastics, asphalts, alcohols, carbon-fiber products, and other chemicals using LFTR-produced hydrogen and LFTR process heat, with no CO2 emissions and with far greater value added to the coal we produce.]

Our Goal is a LFTR-fired power plant on line, providing low-cost electric power and process heat, with no GHG emissions, in an initial LFTR Development Area (LDA). An LDA is a geographically bounded area whose natural and human resources can be beneficially integrated in a sustainable economic system served by energy from LFTRs.

[With one LFTR on line, we will see economic, social, and political forces converging on further LFTR deployment within the initial LDA, then nationally and throughout the world.]

Our Objectives:

  • Identify and promote LDAs.
  • Identify ways to bring an initial LFTR on line in an initial LDA.

[We have initially focused on Wyoming as an LDA, and are concurrently looking at the Indus river valley in India and Pakistan, at Germany, and at California as potential LDAs.]

[In the short term, existing renewable energy sources (wind and solar) will be backed up by LFTR-fired electric power generation in some LDAs. In the long term, LFTRs will serve major loads, and renewables will serve minor isolated and mobile loads and appropriate intermittent loads such as water heaters. Technology and economics will determine an optimum balance and distribution of energy from LFTRs and renewables. And, some LDAs will include hydro or tidal energy sources.]

  • Establish working relationships with other LFTR organizations [Thorium Energy Alliance, FLIBE Energy Inc., Farnsworth Nuclear LLC, etc.].
  • Develop the skills and procedures necessary to run the WLEA effectively and
  • Raise funds for WLEA operations.

Our Inspiration: 

         Books:

Bryce R (2010) Power Hungry . U.S.A, Public affairs.

Crane HD, Kinderman EM, Malhotra R (2010) A Cubic Mile of Oil. New York, Oxford U.P.

Hargraves R (2012) Thorium – Energy Cheaper Than Coal. U.S.A., Robert Hargraves

Luzzi L, DiMarcello V, Cammi A (2011) Multi-physics Approach to the Modeling and             Analysis of Molten Salt Reactors. New York, Nova Science Publishers (Novinka)

Martin R (2012) Super Fuel USA. Palgrave Macmillan 

         Presentations:

Kirk Sorensen on youtube, TEDxYYC: www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2vzolavvkw 

Our Papers:

File name Description
About WLEA WLEA overview and vision statement [this paper]
Coal Focus 102616 LFTRs and coal – Wyoming
Coal to diesel calculations Coal–to-diesel conversion calculations
Combined paper 102616 Position paper – LFTRs, Wyoming
Environment org lftr LFTR promotion to environmentalists
Fission is the future pdf Full rebuttal to anti-nuclear New Scientist article
Full scan 2.jpg New Scientist opinion article depreciating nukes
Letter to editor 5th annual.jpg Rebuttal letter to editor, New Scientist
LFTR – Water 103114 Clean water using LFTR and reverse osmosis
LFTR questions 022015 Some questions we have about developing LFTRs
Merkel ltr 011514 Ltr to chancelorin Merkel about LFTR
New introduction 102616 Intro. to Combined paper
NRC regs modified 092514 Modifications to NRC regs to fit LFTR
Understanding LFTR Layman’s guide to how LFTRs work
LFTRs vs. Renewables or LFTRs and Renewables? Rebuttal to Sierra Club nuclear stance


Our Contacts:

(Robert Hargraves) www.thoriumenergycheaperthancoal.com
(Thorium Energy Alliance, John Kutsch) www.thoriumenergyalliance.com
(Kirk Sorensen) www.energyfromthorium.com
(FLIBE Energy Inc., Kirk Sorensen) www.flibe-energy.com
(Farnsworth Nuclear LLC) conrad.farnsworth@mines.sdsmt.edu

Our website is www.wyominglftrenergy.org

Our email is  wyolftr@gmail.com