Thorium Power Is the Safer Future of Nuclear Energy
By David Warmflash | January 16, 2015
Nuclear power has long been a contentious topic. It generates huge amounts of electricity with zero carbon emissions, and thus is held up as a solution to global energy woes. But it also entails several risks, including weapons development, meltdown, and the hazards of disposing of its waste products.
But those risks and benefits all pertain to a very specific kind of nuclear energy: nuclear fission of uranium or plutonium isotopes. There’s another kind of nuclear energy that’s been waiting in the wings for decades – and it may just demand a recalibration of our thoughts on nuclear power.
Apr 12th 2014
Thorium, an element named after the Norse god of thunder, may soon contribute to the world’s electricity supply…>>
What Is Thorium And How Does It Generate Power?
by: Duncan Clark- The Guardian, Tuesday 1 November 2011 12.09 EDT
Thorium is a radioactive chemical element that could in theory be used to generate large quantities of low-carbon electricity in future decades. Compared to the uranium that powers today’s nuclear plants, thorium is more…>>
Is Thorium The Biggest Energy Breakthrough Since Fire? Possibly.
By: William Pentland, Contributor
For the past several months, a friend of mine has been telling me about the potentially game-changing implications of an obscure (at least to me) metal named Thorium after the Norse god of thunder, Thor.
It seems like he is not the only person who believes thorium, a naturally-occurring, slightly radioactive metal discovered in 1828 by the Swedish chemist Jons Jakob Berzelius, could provide the world with an ultra-safe, ultra-cheap source of nuclear power…>>
The Fuel Of The Future
By: Jon Carter- Monday, December 30th, 2013
The issue of thorium becoming a viable uranium alternative is great news for an industry already dealing with blowback from the Fukushima disaster. According to a recent forecast, uranium prices are expected to rise to $70 as the nuclear scare dies down, but thorium has the potential to shake the nuclear energy field to its core…>>
What Is Thorium Nuclear Fuel?
Thorium is a basic element of nature, like Iron and Uranium. Like Uranium, its properties allow it to be used to fuel a nuclear chain reaction that can run a power plant and make electricity (among other things). Thorium itself will not split and release energy… >>
Thorium Nuclear Reactor Trial Begins, Could Provide Cleaner, Safer, Almost-Waste-Free Energy
By: Sebastian Anthony on July 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm
At a test site in Norway, Thor Energy has successfully created a thorium nuclear reactor — but not in the sense that most people think of when they hear the word thorium. The Norwegians haven’t solved the energy crisis and global warming in one fell swoop — they haven’t created a cold fusion thorium reactor. What they have done, though, which is still very cool, is use thorium instead of uranium in a conventional nuclear reactor. In one fell swoop, thorium fuel, which is safer, less messy to clean up, and not prone to nuclear weapons proliferation, could quench the complaints of nuclear power critics everywhere…>>
What Are The Problems With LFTR Technology?
By: Charles Barton Posted August 29, 2011
What are the problems with MSR/LFTR technology? This turns out to be a hard question to answer. Since there are a large number of LFTR design options, however, it is difficult to identify a set of problems that shared all of the options. Rather we should talk about elective choices, and the problems that a MSR/LFTR designer would face if a certain option were chosen…>>
Thorium And The Dream Of Clean Nuclear Power
By: David Lague- Hong Kong Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:50pm IST
China isn’t alone in turning to thorium as a potential source of power. Enthusiasm for exploiting this alternative to uranium is on the rise across the world, even as the cleanup continues from the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan.