Thorium- articles


Trying To Unleash The Power Of Thorium

By Mitch Jacoby   July 6, 2015

Proponents aim to tap vast nuclear energy potential of obscure natural resource

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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.

Nuclear fission using thorium is easily within our reach, and, compared with conventional nuclear energy, the risks are considerably lower…  blogs.discovermagazine.com

 

Asgard’s Fire

Apr 12th 2014

Thorium, an element named after the Norse god of thunder, may soon contribute to the world’s electricity supply… economist.com

 

World’s First Thorium Reactor Designed

February 15,2014

India’s forward-thinking attitude has established the country as the leader in thorium reactor development. But can India put its long-term plan into reality? Now, their AHWR design is finished, taking them one big step forward…itheo.org

 

 

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… theguardian.com

 

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… forbes.com 

 

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… energyandcapital.com

 

Union Of Concerned Scientists Statement On Thorium-Fueled Reactors 

Some people advocate the use of thorium to fuel nuclear power plants. Thorium could be used in a variety of different types of reactors, including conventional light-water reactors, which are the type used in the United States. However, thorium cannot be used by…  ucsusa.org

 

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… whatisnuclear.com

 

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…  extremetech.com

 

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… theenergycollective.com

 

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.

A new generation of scientists and nuclear engineers argue that thorium…  in.reuters.com