Thorium Power

Richard Stanley

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The following 2 hour documentary is about the untapped potential for Thorium as an energy source. Thorium is well over an order of magnitude more abundant than uranium, while less radioactive. It is inherently safer than such as uranium, because it does not need to use pressurized water containment for its reactor vessel. It also turns its fuel to mostly harmless ash rather than radioactive waste. Its potential was discovered in 1942, so why aren't we using it?

A secondary advantage is that mining of thorium would unlock the USA's stores of rare-earth metals which China and Russia otherwise have a lock on. Rare-earth metals, such as tantalum are extensively used in modern electronics for such as capacitors and other things.

Uranium is used to fuel the world's nuclear power plants, but a vocal segment of the scientific community claims that it's too dangerous and rare a chemical to sustain that role for much longer. In the feature-length documentary Thorium: An Energy Solution, they make the case for a much more efficient and sustainable answer to our energy needs.

This argument is led by Kirk Sorensen, a former NASA aerospace engineer, who has long championed the adoption of thorium as a solution to the growing energy crisis. The film presents highlights from a series of rapidly edited lectures led by Sorensen and others. During the course of these speaking engagements, they bemoan the drawbacks of current nuclear-powered technologies, and enthusiastically promote the ways in which thorium could transform the future of our civilization.

The science is vast, and difficult for the layperson to grasp at times, but the overarching message is well articulated and clear. In a world of dwindling resources, and ongoing concerns over the safety of nuclear power, the film contends that thorium could be our last great hope.

Even though officials seem largely oblivious to its potential applications today, thorium's viability as an unlimited nuclear fuel was first discovered in 1942. Its advantages should be much clearer to us now, especially in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, which resulted from the damage inflicted by a devastating tsunami, or other incidents and close-calls that have occurred throughout recent history.

Thorium is more abundantly available than uranium. When used as a fuel to power nuclear energy, it requires no water for cooling, doesn't require pressure for its operation, is non-combustible and won't expel toxic waste should plant malfunction occur. Sorensen makes a persuasive and impassioned case for a safer and more sustainable nuclear energy infrastructure driven by the use of liquid-fluoride thorium reactors. Reliance on this method, he argues, will produce greater reserves of power at a much lower cost than wind and solar.

Thorium: An Energy Solution is a terrifically informative primer on this intriguing option, and one that will likely inspire additional investigation among its viewers.
 

Richard Stanley

Well-Known Member
Thorium 2017, an update on Thorium Power technology advances. Several new startups, and hints that Agent Orange might be interested in pursuing it, given Peter Thiel is an investor in one thorium energy company. However, given the criminal jeopardy that Carl Icahn appears to have placed himself in via his conflict of interest actions involving his energy company, this might become a problem.

The major stumbling block for the USA is the bias of the NRC, that seems can only be explained by uranium monetary interests.

Since the above post, the original Oak Ridge research documents have been discovered (in an Oak Ridge childrens' museum closet) and now released into the wild. Comments from some of the original researchers are provided.

 
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