Established in September 2011, the Weinberg Foundation is a UK-based not-for-profit organisation dedicated to advancing the research, development and deployment of safe, clean and affordable nuclear energy technologies to combat climate change and underpin sustainable development for the world. The Foundation operates out of Somerset House in central London.
Whilst we support the development of all clean energy technologies, including safer ‘Gen IV’ nuclear reactors, our core objective is to rapidly re-catalyse the research, development and deployment of molten salt reactors (MSRs), first designed, built and proven by Alvin Weinberg at Oak Ridge National Laboratories in the 1960s. In 1974 Alvin’s research into the huge advantages of thorium-fuelled MSRs was cut short by political considerations, robbing the world of a breakthrough in clean energy technology. At this critical juncture in the emerging climate and energy crises, our top priorities are to support the development of thorium energy and to place thorium-fuelled MSRs on the agenda of the public, businesses and governments around the world, for the benefit of the world.
|We are a non-partisan, diverse group of people with one thing in common: we care deeply about the pivotal role of energy technology in stopping climate change and creating a better world.We have no vested interest, commercial or otherwise, in any specific energy technology. We are an evidence-based organisation committed to upholding the principles of sound science in everything we do. We want to inspire the world with a vision of what is possible through human ingenuity, rather than limit our horizons to what has already been done. We are not all technologists, but we do work with and are advised by many of the world’s most influential energy and climate change scientists in seeking to cultivate the political will to drive the uptake of molten salt reactors fuelled by thorium.We believe that the achievement of Alvin Weinberg’s vision of safe, clean and peaceful nuclear power depends on active collaboration, partnership and debate between scientists, governments, industry and the general public around the world. We strive to facilitate this dialogue, which will be one of the defining energy conversations of the 21st century.
WHAT WE DO
We work with NGOs, policy-makers, researchers and industry to lead the debate on the potential of thorium in general and molten salt reactors in particular. Our key activities include:
“ The world desperately needs sustainable, low carbon energy to address climate change while lifting people out of poverty. Thorium fuelled reactors, such as the Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) pioneered by the late Alvin Weinberg, could radically change perceptions of nuclear power leading to widespread deployment. ”
-Baroness Worthington, Patron
The Weinberg Foundation in the media
- New Parliamentary Group Formed to Consider Thorium, Energy from Thorium, 1st March 2012
- New All-Party Parliamentary Group on Thorium, The Thorium Energy Association, 1st March 2012
- New life for forgotten fuel, Financial Times Magazine, 23rd September 2011
- Thorium Advocates Launch Pressure Group, The Guardian, 9th September 2011
- New Thorium Group Calls for ‘World Class’ R&D at Sellafield, NucNet, 8th September 2011
- Launching the Weinberg Foundation, International Thorium Energy Organisation, 31st August 2011
- ThEC12, Shanghai, 25 October 2012: “Weinberg leads thorium march to China” (PDF)
- Launch of the Weinberg Foundation, 8th September 2011: “Weinberg Foundation to heat up campaign for safe, green, nuclear energy” (PDF)
- Launch of the APPG on Thorium Energy, 1st March 2012: “All-Party Parliamentary Group on Thorium Energy launched to drive the agenda for safer, cleaner thorium-fuelled nuclear power” (PDF)