Chapter 2: Advanced Nuclear Energy, IMSR Molten Salt Reactor
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Terrestrial Energy Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) 
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Recent article on British Molten Salt Reactors pdf

Kirk Sorensen presented - "The Promise of Thorium in Meeting Future World Energy Demand" at TU Delft in 2015.
This lecture describes in detail the benefits Thorium can bring to the nuclear energy world. 
YouTube Video:  Prohibitive Cost of Thorium Reactors?



More typical plant layout where space permits - 2016.

Terrestrial CEO - Plant costs of 40-50 mWh set to displace fossil fuels .pdf




The current IMSR under development has been mentioned by Terrestrial's Simon Irish is 400 megaWatts (thermal) or 192 MW (electrical). 
The near-50% electrical efficiency is due to the relatively high operating temperature - perhaps as high as 1,300°F.










(Above) Prototype of "Fireball" molten salt reactor powered jet engine (at left just above fence) next to visitor's parking lot at Idaho National Laboratories.




Terrestrial Energy Announces its Engagement with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
OAKVILLE, ON – February 25, 2016 – Terrestrial Energy is pleased to announce that it is submitting its Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) design to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) for Phase I of its pre-licensing Vendor Design Review.  During the course of this review, which is an optional feedback process offered by the CNSC, Terrestrial Energy will be demonstrating that the design meets Canadian regulatory requirements in a number of technical topic areas.  This is seen as the first step towards an eventual license application to build its first commercial demonstration IMSR power plant.    
Terrestrial Energy CEO, Simon Irish, made the following comment regarding the engagement:
“Terrestrial Energy is entering a new phase of its development – moving ahead from reactor research and design, to engineering and regulatory compliance.  This new chapter takes the Company towards the submission of a formal license application to build and operate the first commercial demonstration Integral Molten Salt Reactor plant in the 2020s.”
The Honorable Jeffrey Merrifield, former Commissioner at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said:
“Attentive industry observers will appreciate the significance of Terrestrial Energy’s announcement – this is the first Molten Salt Reactor system to begin regulatory engagement with a western nuclear regulatory authority.  It also positions Terrestrial Energy as one of the leading Advanced Reactor system developers today that is taking definitive regulatory steps toward commercialization.”
Travis Bradford, Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University, specializing in energy and natural resource markets, and innovation said: 
“The unanimous global climate goals established at COP21 have amplified our collective resolve to reduce GHG emission.  However, the practical pathways to deploy sustainable high impact technology solutions are still uncertain and there remain critical gaps in our current set of energy solutions.   Terrestrial Energy’s IMSR, a next generation Molten Salt Reactor, is designed to fill one of the most critical gaps – a scalable, clean, carbon-free industrial heat and power solution.  Today’s announcement puts the Company firmly on the path to being a significant part of the climate solution within the critical response horizon of the 2020s.”
Terrestrial Energy is developing a next-generation nuclear reactor based on its Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) technology.  The IMSR represents true innovation in safety, cost and functionality.  It will offer safe and reliable power solutions for electricity production, both on- and off-grid, and also energy for industrial process heat generation.  These together extend the applicability of nuclear energy far beyond its current footprint.  With this profile, the IMSR is capable of driving the rapid global decarbonization of the primary energy system by displacing fossil fuel combustion across a broad front.  It is complementary to renewable power sources and ideal for distributed power systems on existing grids.  Using an innovative design and proven Molten Salt Reactor technology, the IMSR can be brought to global markets in the 2020s.  Terrestrial Energy is currently developing its IMSR commercial demonstration power plant for deployment in Canada.
Grant Draper, Terrestrial Energy
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Brian Smith, Terrestrial Energy
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