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  • Thorium Energy Alliance on Senator Marco Rubio's S. 2093 for Thorium, Rare Earths and Manufacturing

    08/28/2019 4:32:55 AM PDT · by BwanaNdege · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 26, 2019 | Gordon McDowell
    John Kutsch of Thorium Energy Alliance and James Kennedy of ThREE Consulting speak (briefly) on why a Rare Earth Cooperative is necessary, and the incentive structure which will enable massive foreign investment in domestic manufacturing infrastructure.
  • Indonesia Considers Thorium Molten Salt Reactors

    06/05/2017 4:43:10 AM PDT · by RC one · 42 replies
    Power ^ | 05/01/2017 | Sonal Patel
    Power-short Indonesia has been mulling building a nuclear power plant for nearly 15 years, and it is exploring a number of novel options, including high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) and a thorium molten salt reactor.The 1958-established National Atomic Energy Agency (Badan Tenaga Nuklir Nasional, BATAN) wants to build an experimental nuclear power reactor at Serpong, the site of its largest multipurpose research reactor, and it continues to assess its options. In early 2015, BATAN signed a contract to build and test a pebble-bed HTGR at Serpong with a consortium of Russian and Indonesian companies led by NUKEM Technologies. And, in August...
  • Can the Molten Salt Reactor Break Through?

    09/11/2015 9:48:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 50 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | September 11, 2015 | William Tucker
    The big worry about nuclear reactors is that the solid fuel rods are going to melt down. If the core of the reactor loses its cooling water – as it did both at Three Mile Island and Fukushima – then the fuel rods overheat. Even though the nuclear reaction may stop, the decay heat is enough to melt the zirconium fuel rods so that the uranium pellets inside get exposed. If there is some water remaining, the heat may be enough to split off hydrogen, which can cause a hydrogen explosion, as occurred at Fukushima and was feared at Three...
  • TAP molten salt nuclear reactor design that'd generate 75 times more electricity per ton of uranium

    02/08/2014 4:13:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Next Big Future blog ^ | February 4, 2014 | Brian Wang
    Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook Transatomic Power (TAP) is developing an advanced molten salt reactor that generates clean, passively safe, proliferation-resistant, and low-cost nuclear power. This reactor can consume the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) generated by commercial light water reactors or use freshly mined uranium at enrichment levels as low as 1.8% U-235. It achieves actinide burnups as high as 96%, and can generate up to 75 times more electricity per ton of mined uranium than a light-water reactor. Transatomic Power has greatly improved the molten salt concept, while retaining its significant safety benefits. The main technical change we...
  • Molten Salt Reactors enjoy 15 minutes of fame

    06/29/2014 7:17:33 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 56 replies
    neimagazine ^ | 11 June 2014
    Molten Salt Reactors enjoy 15 minutes of fame 11 June 2014   Print Email   A next-generation fast breeder reactor design is gaining popularity in research circles.On 6 June, UK researchers Jasper Tomlinson and Trevor Griffiths won £75,000 in Technology Strategy Board funding (including £20,000 of contributions-in-kind) to carry out an eight-month feasibility study.The project, which will be managed by mechanical engineer Rory O'Sullivan, aims to develop a ranking of alternatives and configurations of a liquid-fuelled molten-salt reactor, including costs, regulatory, public acceptance and site issues for building and licensing a pilot-scale demonstration reactor in the UK. It would...
  • Rare Earth China Syndrome, Pt. 3

    12/24/2012 9:10:30 AM PST · by frithguild · 2 replies
    Radio Free NJ ^ | 12/23/2012 | frithguild
    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory ran a Molten Salt Reactor for over 55,000 hours from 1970 to 1976. It used molten thorium fluoride salts as fuel, which in its liquid state is a clear blue liquid. Thorium is fertile, not fissile, so the Oak Ridge reactor achieved criticality with the introduction of U-239 and later U-233 as a source of neutron radiation. A Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) operates at atmospheric pressure, maintaining a peak temperature of 1,300 degrees F. A LFTR will not go kerpow like Fukushima Daiichi because you do not need power to cool fuel rods...
  • Rare Earth China Syndrome, Pt. 2

    12/24/2012 9:10:02 AM PST · by frithguild · 1 replies
    Radio Free NJ ^ | 12/23/2012 | frithguild
    All you need to know as an American politician or bureaucrat is that Thorium is bad, because it is radioactive. Thorium was discovered in 1828 by the Norwegians who named it after the God of Thunder. At one time, annual U.S production of brightly glowing thorium mantles in gas lamps stood at 40 million units. But as we in the U.S. matured from a manufacturing powerhouse, we learned that nearly all naturally occurring thorium exists as thorium-232, which undergoes alpha decay with a half-life of about 14.05 billion years. Alpha decay consists of two neutrons and two protons, basically...
  • Our Rare Earth China Syndrome

    12/24/2012 9:09:32 AM PST · by frithguild · 3 replies
    Radio Free NJ ^ | 12/23/2012 | frithguild
    We have a lot of stupid people the United States governments. ItÂ’s not their fault. The creators of our Constitution designed a system that should rarely entangle itself in highly profitable transactions that involve innovative products or strategies. As a result, our economy historically bids the most driven and intelligent away from government jobs. Government, then, finds a governing formula that works, and sticks to it, often no matter what. China, as every American senses, differs. There, the government bears no shame in announcing that it is the sole source of all beneficial economic activity. In this way, the...