John Kutsch of Thorium Energy Alliance and Jim Kennedy of ThREE Consulting review the hazards maintaining U.S. current thorium policy. Heavy Rare Earth Element mining is impeded. Energy sector innovation is stifled. Thorium is less dangerous, less radioactive, and less easily metabolized than many elements we are exposed to on a daily basis.
Molten salt reactors are a subtype of reactor that uses nuclear fuel dissolved in a molten salt liquid medium (such as LiF-BeF2-UF4) as both fuel and coolant. The fuel is constantly circulating through the reactor core and other reactor systems. Molten salt reactors are an appealing technology for space because of their high temperature and low pressure operation, controllability, and high fuel burn up, among other features.
The next Thorium Energy Conference - ThEC13 in Geneva - will be held at CERN from October 27 to 31, 2013 in the Globe of Science and Innovation. It will be organized in partnership with the newly founded international Thorium Energy Committee (iThEC).
Taylor Wilson was 14 when he built a nuclear fusion reactor in his parents' garage. Now 19, he returns to the TED stage to present a new take on an old topic: fission. Wilson, who has won backing to create a company to realize his vision, explains why he's so excited about his innovative design for small modular fission reactors -- and why it could be the next big step in solving the global energy crisis.
There’s a growing movement to make nuclear power safer, more efficient and less weapons-prone by replacing today’s uranium fuel with another element, thorium.
And within the thorium push, there are different technological ideas for how to deploy. One camp says that the best way to optimize thorium’s many advantages is to put it into liquid form in a molten salt reactor (MSR), which is a radically different design compared to today’s solid fueled reactors.
The Norwegian Conservative Party (Høyre) and Progress Party (FrP) suggest the world should have access to Norwegian thorium - a substance that can make nuclear power a little less dangerous and fight against climate change.
Writing in the latest issue of Environmental Science & Technology, NASA scientists Pushker A. Kharecha and James E. Hansen report that nuclear energy leads to fewer pollution-related deaths and greenhouse gas emissions compared with fossil-fuel sources:
This was an April Fool's joke. Do not take it seriously.
Apr. 1, 2013, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — In an unexpected and unprecedented move 58 year old Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal (Arabic: الوليد بن طلال بن عبد العزيز آل سعود) announced he will fund liquid luoride thorium reactor (LFTR) energy research that will be open sourced for the benefit of humanity.