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The Liquid-Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) is a thorium reactor concept that uses a chemically-stable fluoride salt for the medium in which nuclear reactions take place. This fuel form yields flexibility of operation and eliminates the need to fabricate fuel elements. This feature solves most concerns that have prevented thorium from being used in solid fueled reactors. The fluid fuel in LFTR is also easy to process and to separate useful fission products, both stable and radioactive.Source: BraveNewClimate.com.
The Liquid-Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) is a thorium reactor concept that uses a chemically-stable fluoride salt for the medium in which nuclear reactions take place. This fuel form yields flexibility of operation and eliminates the need to fabricate fuel elements. This feature solves most concerns that have prevented thorium from being used in solid fueled reactors. The fluid fuel in LFTR is also easy to process and to separate useful fission products, both stable and radioactive.
Source: BraveNewClimate.com.
See also PowerPedia:Thorium Reactors

Directory of thorium reactor technologies and resources.

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Activism

Featured: Nuclear > Thorium Reactors >
Thorium Energy Independence and Security Act of 2009 - Thorium reactors provide a much more clean and safe alternative to uranium-based nuclear reactors, and could be retrofitted in to existing nuclear plants. (PESN; June 4, 2009)

See also Government and Politics section below.


Interviews

  • Featured: Nuclear > Thorium Reactors >
    Thorium as a green nuclear solution (FEN interview) - Robert Hargraves discusses the advantages of thorium, particularly the liquid fluoride thorium reactor, as a clean and safe nuclear solution that could compete with coal for inexpensive energy generation. Suggests a 10-year plan for bringing this forward. (PESN; June 17, 2009) (Comment at Examiner.com)

Videos

Thorium Remix 2011 : Everything you need to know

  • This is the DVD version of the Thorium Remix 2011 in all of it's extended glory. It's as high quality as I could upload. It's ripped directly from the DVD with no transcoding. (YouTube; Added June 5th, 2013)

(get the DVD;)

The Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor: What Fusion Wanted To Be

  • "Presently there is an existing source of energy ideally suited to electrical energy production that is not being exploited anywhere in the world today, although its existence and practicality has been know since the earliest days of nuclear science. Thorium is the third source of fission energy and the LFTR is the idealized mechanism to turn this resource into electrical energy. Enough safe, clean energy, globally sustainable for 1000's of years at US standards." (YouTube; Nov. 18, 2008)

Aim High: Using Thorium Energy to Address Environmental Prob.

  • (YouTube; May 26, 2009)
  • Thorium portion of presentation begins at around 19:30 minutes. Up until that is global warming, peak oil, population explosion yappity yap.

Overviews

  • Nuclear > Thorium Reactors >
    Thorium: A safer alternative for nuclear power generation? - The answer could be thorium - an element occurring as a silvery metal that's more abundant, cleaner and can produce more bang-per-buck in energy terms than uranium. So how does thorium differ from uranium and plutonium, and why isn't it being used? (GizMag; May 26, 2011)
  • Nuclear > Thorium >
    Thorium: A Cheap, Clean and Safe Alternative to Uranium - Thorium reactors can consume their own hazardous waste and even scavenge the plutonium left by uranium reactors, acting as an eco-cleaner. A metric ton of the silvery metal produces as much energy as 200 tons of uranium, or 3,500,000 ton of coal. A handful would power a major city for a week. (OilPrice; September 14, 2010)
  • Nuclear > Thorium >
    Thorium could produce power more efficiently - "Thorium proves 50 percent more efficient than uranium in at least two configurations. Why the 40-year lapse in interest in this superior fuel? Precisely because it did not produce bomb-making material. ...Nature provides far more thorium than uranium." (Tennesean; Feb. 24, 2010)
  • Featured: Nuclear > Thorium Reactors >
    Aim High! Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor - The Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) uses inexpensive thorium as a fuel, transforming it to uranium-233 which fissions, producing heat and electric power at a cost less than that from coal power plants. (Advocacy page)
  • The Ultimate Alternative Energy - Thorium is not only far more abundant than uranium-235, but thorium reactors do not produce waste materials useful in nuclear weapons. In fact, the wastes are far less hazardous and much cheaper to deal with. Thorium reactors are safer in general to operate, producing little radioactive threat outside their shielding. They cannot, in fact, experience a catastrophic meltdown. (Daily Reckoning; Jan. 28, 2009)
  • Th Better than Uranium - The really exciting thing about thorium is that it is possible to build thorium-fueled reactors that don’t throw away thorium or uranium, don't produce transuranics, and only generate fission product waste. The fluoride reactor technology that was developed in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s at Oak Ridge National Lab is the key. (Treehugger; Jan. 16, 2007)
  • New age nuclear - Unlike U-235 and Pu-239, thorium is not fissile, so no matter how much thorium you pack together, it will not start splitting atoms and blow up. This is because it cannot undergo nuclear fission by itself and it cannot sustain a nuclear chain reaction once one starts. (Cosmos; April 2006)

Companies

  • Thorium Energy, Inc - The Last Chance thorium vein, located in the Lemhi Pass, is held under claim by Thorium Energy, Inc. The Last Chance vein is reported to be the most significant thorium deposit in the Lemhi Pass and is also the richest thorium vein deposit in the United States.
  • International Thorium Energy Organisation

Interviews

Technologies

  • The Liquid Fluoride Thorium (LFTR) Paradigm - This thorium reactor concept uses a chemically-stable fluoride salt for the medium in which nuclear reactions take place. This fuel form yields flexibility of operation and eliminates the need to fabricate fuel elements. Energy from thorium -Molten Salt Reactors including the LFTR are very simple. (YouTube) (The Oil Drum; Jan. 20, 2009) (Thanks Sepp)

Applications

  • EVs / Nuclear > Thorium >
    Thorium-Powered Car Could Drive a Million Miles Before Refueling - A Connecticut-based company has announced its intentions to build an EV powered by radioactive thorium. Laser Power Systems says that thorium, when heated by an external source, itself gives off considerable heat. Thorium can be used to power a laser to superheat water into steam, turning miniature turbines that create electricity to drive the car. (Gas 2.0; August 11, 2011)
  • Featured: Nuclear > Thorium Reactors >
    World Thorium Fuel (WTF) Cadillac concept car - For the 100th anniversary of Cadillac, Loren Kulesus designed a car built to last another 100 years on the same fuel source (meaning never stopping for fuel). The proposed design also calls for 24 wheels -- six per "wheel" -- and a flexible frame for better handling. Will we ever see nuclear vehicles, running on the cleaner and safer Thorium fuel? (PESWiki; July 8, 2009)

News

  • Nuclear > Directory:Thorium Reactors >
    Thorium Plasma Batteries – The Disruptive Oil Giant Killer Technology - At the risk of being black-balled and ostracized by my government and peers, I feel compelled to speak out as a plasma physicist. Since 1959 the scientific community has known that Thorium was a better, safer, and more economical option to power nuclear reactors, yet they pursued uranium – why? (PeakOil; April 11, 2011)
  • A Nuclear Reactor in Every Home - The world-changing thorium reactor I am envisioning qualifies as a Generation IV reactor. Because thorium reactors present no proliferation risk, and because they solve the safety problems associated with earlier reactors, they will be able to use reasonable rather than obsessive standards for security and reliability. (Accelerating Future; Oct. 16, 2006)

Government and Politics

  • Cleaner Nuclear Power? - Senators representing several Western states, including Utah's Orrin Hatch and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, are working on legislation to promote thorium. They say it's a cleaner-burning fuel for nuclear-power plants, with the potential to cut high-level nuclear-waste volumes in half. (MIT Technology Review; Nov. 27, 2007)
  • Thorium Fuel for Nuclear Energy - In light of the potential advantages for reducing the quantity of nuclear waste and preventing the dissemination of bomb-making materials, it is not surprising that interest in thorium-based fuels has recently undergone something of a renaissance. The U.S. Department of Energy has been particularly eager to foster research activities in this area. (American Scientist; Sept - Oct. 2003)

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