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Virginia firm offers nuclear energy

A FIRM offering “green nuclear energy” will present its proposal to the Fitial administration and the Senate today.

Global Energy Corp. vice president for science and technology Lawrence P.G. Forsley and vice president for Pacific island operations Michael Dayberry pose for a photo after an interview with Variety yesterday. Photo by Emmanuel T. EredianoLawrence P.G. Forsley, vice president for science and technology of Global Energy Corp. (, said their “revolutionary technology” is based on the “new science of hybrid fusion fast fission” green nuclear energy, or “Genie.”

He said it is a “breakthrough” that will provide the CNMI with a safe, green nuclear power.

In an interview yesterday, Forsley said the term “nuclear reactor” should not scare people.

“It is safe. It is not the kind [of nuclear reactor] most people think it is,” he said.

Michael Dayberry, GEC’s vice president for Pacific island operation, said educating people about a nuclear reactor is “imperative.”

He said they will work closely with the CNMI government to reach out to local residents and inform them what Genie is all about.

Forsley said the human body has radiation. “The bones have elements that are radioactive. Even a banana, which contains potassium, is radioactive. Radioactivity is all over the place, as long as there is sunlight.”

The pilot of a plane the flies across the Pacific gets an amount of radiation that is more than a nuclear plant worker can get, he said.

Forsley said he is among the GEC scientists who conducted 23 years of research and development with the U.S. Navy. He said they completed the design of a safe, clean, secure and affordable green hybrid fusion nuclear reactor for commercial uses.

It is safe “by the laws of physics, not human engineering,” he added.

He said the current “Generation III and III+ nuclear reactors” rely on uranium-235 chain reactions. Although nuclear power is 24 million times more powerful than any chemical reactions, its main danger comes from nuclear meltdowns caused by uncontrolled, runaway chain reactions and residual heat.

Genie reactors, he said, don’t use a uranium-235 chain reaction. Without a chain reaction, there can’t be a runaway, core meltdown, no explosions initiated by the meltdowns and no radioactive fallout, he added.

Unlike those in Fukushima, Japan or Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania that used water, Genie uses helium gas to cool the reactor. Helium, Forsley said, cannot become radioactive, and is naturally present in the atmosphere.

Even in the event of explosion, helium presents no health or safety risk, unlike radioactive steam escaping from Fukushima or Three Mile Island where the water used to cool down the reactor could be contaminated, he added.

The Fukushima disaster happened after the tsunami destroyed the Daichii nuclear plant backup power needed to pump water to cool the reactors. However, the heat was ultimately dumped into the Pacific Ocean which is why the plant was located near the shore.

Its location also made the plant susceptible to typhoons and tsunamis.

Genie reactors, Forsley said, don’t have nuclear waste problems. It doesn’t need a spent fuel pool nor a spent fuel waste storage dump. It “burns” uranium-238 that comprises 95 percent of conventional nuclear waste. Therefore, Genie actually “cleans” nuclear waste, he added.

He said Genie does not use enriched uranium, so there’s no way to make a nuclear weapon with it. Because it does not use fuel reprocessing to burn its nuclear waste and because it burns plutonium, Genie removes the possibility of making reprocessed fuel for a bomb, he added.

A green nuclear power should provide Saipan with a long-term solution to the increasing cost of fuel oil and power, Forsley said.

Dayberry said Genie will cut consumer power costs by 50 percent.

If the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. charges households 43 cents per kilowatt hour, Genie will bring it down to 20 cents per kilowatt hour.

As soon as Genie facility starts operating, Dayberry  said, it can provide electricity for everybody including hotels that presently generate their own power.

Saipan will be GEC’s showcase for the new green nuclear revolution of the 21st century, he added.