Saturday, December 4, 2010

Thorium reactor in Iran and North Korea

            A Thorium reactor could not be used to make weapons. And would pose no threat.    

                      Nuclear Power yes, but what kind of nuclear power. Safe nuclear power, safer than the ones we now have, that can't have a melt down, no three mile island. They are some people who will always be against nuclear power. Most people are a little afraid , but if you point out these new nuclear power plants are safer then the very old ones we have now, ones that are used longer than what they were built for most will go for it. Thorim is one way to build a safe nuclear power, there are other ways as well. A cleaner and more peaceful world. No war with Iran or North Korea. Thorium reactors will be a key factor in America's goal for energy independence , and  the goal for a safer world. The United States has a large supply of Thorim. We could have total energy independence in a few short years. And save about  trillion dollars  a year.


           What if we could build a nuclear reactor that offered no possibility of a meltdown, generated its power inexpensively, created no weapons-grade by-products, and burnt up existing high-level waste as well as old nuclear weapon stockpiles? And what if the waste produced by such a reactor was radioactive for a mere few hundred years rather than tens of thousands? It may sound too good to be true, but such a reactor is indeed possible, and a number of teams around the world are now working to make it a reality. What makes this incredible reactor so different is its fuel source: thorium

From Wikipedia

Thorium, as well as uranium and plutonium, can be used as fuel in a nuclear reactor. A thorium fuel cycle offers several potential advantages over a uranium fuel cycle including much greater abundance on Earth, superior physical and nuclear properties of the fuel, enhanced proliferation resistance, and reduced nuclear waste production. Nobel laureate Carlo Rubbia at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), has worked on developing the use of thorium as a cheap, clean and safe alternative to uranium in reactors. Rubbia states that a ton of thorium can produce as much energy as 200 tons of uranium, or 3,500,000 tonnes of coal.[13] One of the early pioneers of the technology was U.S. physicist Alvin Weinberg at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, who helped develop a working nuclear plant using liquid fuel in the 1960s.

Some countries are now investing in research to build thorium-based nuclear reactors. In May 2010, researchers from Ben-Gurion University in Israel and Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, received a three-year Energy Independence Partnership Grant to collaborate on the development of a self-sustainable fuel cycle for light water reactors.According to the Israeli nuclear engineer, Eugene Shwageraus, their goal is a self-sustaining reactor, "meaning one that will produce and consume about the same amounts of fuel," which is not possible with uranium. He states, "the better choice is thorium, whose nuclear properties offer considerable flexibility in the reactor core design." Some experts believe that the energy stored in the earth's thorium reserves is greater than what is available from all other fossil and nuclear fuels combined.


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