John Stopford thorium

I had missed the debate on thorium so I am particularly grateful to you for adding to my sense of what issues to track. This one could be huge
Posted: 11 February 2010 at 12:58

Wolfgang Grulke RE: thorium

Just think of what an India/China alliance on thorium research and commercialisation would do!? They could dominate the nuclear energy market for the next 100 years if they choose to!
Posted: 11 February 2010 at 13:04

Doug Vining Could thorium be the answer?

Perhaps in the aftermath of the current nuclear crisis, we might see the rise of an alternate technology - Thorium.

My understanding of thorium is scant, but if it is much more abundant, operates at sub-critical levels, and produces far less radioactive waste than uranium, it's definitely worth pursuing. Probably the limiting factor is economic, but that can change too.

After all, nuclear power is no longer regarded as the cheapest, and uranium reserves are limited to about 80 years. It may be time to consider a new fuel.
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Posted: 21 March 2011 at 21:17

Wolfgang Grulke Thorium in the news agin

With the new obsessions against nuclear power, Thorium reactors have become a popular alternative for the future again. This article in New Scientist is one that is particularly comprehensive and powerful.
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Posted: 26 April 2011 at 16:12

Doug Vining India moving ahead with Thorium

India has plenty of Thorium, and could become an exporter of nuclear technology to its neighbours. Think China, for example...
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Posted: 3 November 2011 at 11:04

Wolfgang Grulke It's the Thorium debate again!

What are we waiting for?
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Posted: 10 March 2012 at 10:23

Neil Jacobsohn Small nuclear reactors - cheaper and safer

And the debate over nuclear rages on...it's a real black/white debate: you're either vehemently opposed to it, or vociferously in favor! Here's an assessment of small modular reactors - cheaper and safer, and there's plenty of money being spent on development.
India, meanwhile, has announced plans to go ahead and build new nuclear power plants - but using thorium instead of uranium. Among its benefits, thorium cannot be used to manufacture weapons. See the MindBullet we wrote on this back in 2010.
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Posted: 28 March 2013 at 11:13

Neil Jacobsohn A car than runs for 100 years - without refuelling

Now here's a car truly of the future, and how about that design? Sexy or what?
We have often written about thorium as al alternative nuclear fuel (see the MindBullet alongside, from 2010) and here's a different perspective - thorium as a fuel to power automobiles.
But note the comment from the CEO and scientist behind this technology, that "too much of the automobile industry is focused on making money off of gas engines, and it will take at least a couple decades for thorium technology to be used enough in other industries that vehicle manufacturers will begin to consider revamping the way they think about engines."
How many other vested interests are holding back true innovation?
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Posted: 25 April 2014 at 08:57
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