Brett Dawson Nuclear Technology Competition

Seems like many countries are putting two and two together in the climate debate and looking at the energy demand vs. supply balance and are coming up with the nuclear conclusion. There are a huge number of different reactor designs out there; some haven't even got off the drawing board yet. We're into the third generation of reactor designs at the moment (incl. PBMR design). Just like the VHS/Betamax race there is bound to be a race for the most commercially viable Nu-Rx (Nuclear Reactor). Thorium is a serious contender, that could put Uranium Rx out of business. Fusion is the dream but it's a long way off from serious commercial exploitation. Nu-Rx design and development is NOT cheap and when one group wins the race there are bound to be some serious losers. So the question is: will PBMR be one of the losers?
Posted: 7 August 2006 at 00:00

Brett Dawson Extra Links

Thorium Power Inc

Thorium Fuels Safer Reactor Hopes,1282,68045,00.html

"Bombs away: Startup aims to defuse nuclear warheads"

"Conference Article: An overview of world thorium resources, incentives for further exploration and forecast for thorium requirements in the near future"
Posted: 7 August 2006 at 00:00

Brett Dawson Market Instruments

If we assume that different companies use different Nuclear technologies, and we assume that utility markets are deregulated (which won't happen in South Africa very soon thanks to the Electricity Regulation Act) then there is a possibility that consumers could vote with their socially responsible and environmentally conscious "dollars/euros" to support companies which produce very low quantities of Plutonium as a by-product of their commercial reactors. This is a variation on the Greenbucks theme.

This point/argument was made (although not very clearly) in an article posted on,1282,68045,00.html

"The tactic has worked before. For instance, in the 1980s the tuna industry switched to fishing methods that killed fewer dolphins after consumers stopped buying cans missing the "dolphin safe" label."
Posted: 7 August 2006 at 00:00

Wolfgang Grulke A major article in Wired - Jan 2010

Uranium Is So Last Century — Enter Thorium, the New Green Nuke
Posted: 1 February 2010 at 13:46

Anton Musgrave Moores Law to hit energy?

When will the step change effect of Moores Law hit the energy sector? Could this research herald new and business model shattering changes to the energy sector...long dominated by powerful players?
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Posted: 13 September 2011 at 18:07

Wolfgang Grulke Moores Law to hit energy?

Love this quote in the article..."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."
Posted: 14 September 2011 at 09:19

Neil Jacobsohn The Thorium Lord

We first started talking about thorium as an alternative to uranium back in 2006 (see the MindBullet alongside) and the debate continues, with some interesting new devotees.
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Posted: 18 June 2012 at 15:46

Neil Jacobsohn The Thorium reality?

Could FutureWorld's 2006 MindBullet about thorium turn out to become reality? Read on!
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Posted: 30 May 2013 at 20:29

Neil Jacobsohn Thorium as a nuclear alternative

It was way back in 2006 when FutureWorld highlighted thorium as a possible alternative to uranium as a nuclear fuel - more plentiful, safer and altogether a better option. Now the market is starting to catch up!
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Posted: 3 July 2013 at 15:26

Anton Musgrave Limitless energy one day?

Imagine a world with an endless supply of affordable energy…the opportunities, the new solutions, the growth potential and also the impact on old dirty energy industries and value chains! Watch this space...
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Posted: 8 November 2013 at 17:14
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