I heard about this new power production technology called Liquid Flour Thorium Reactors ! The current nuclear technology users Uranium which is firstly using a very rare ingredient to be burned to create energy, but then the side product left behind is absolutely dangerous to carbonic life and for thousands of years and needs to be stored somehwere where it will never escape into the enviroment !
Whereas this LFTR technology uses the ingredient Thorium, which is named after the Nordic God Thor and is so abundant in the nature that it is generally removed in mining processes and put back into the ground as it is considered of little or no use or value ?? But this technology which is known to work can create more energy than the Uranium process and with less product which is infinately easier to mine and producing a side product which is dangeorous for only for 300 years, does seems like the perfect energy producing technology to replace and remove these infinately more dangerous Uranium Energy power plants from our Planet !
So I am not a Nuclear Physicist and I do not have a lot of knowledge on all of this, but I did see it and it caught my attention and thought I would run it by this community of Steem to see is any of you have any ideas on this subject and could maybe shed more light on the matter to me and indeed us all !!
LFTRs in 5 minutes - Thorium Reactors
Published on 10 Mar 2012
A short video of Kirk Sorensen taking us through the benefits of Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors, a revolutionary liquid reactor that runs not on uranium, but thorium. These work and have been built before. Search for either LFTRs or Molten Salt Reactors (MSR).
The main downsides/negatives to the LFTR are technology, politics, corrosion and the general public being scared of nuclear radiation. Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors were created 50 years ago by an American chap named Alvin Weinberg, but the American Government realised you can't weaponise the by-products and so they weren't interested.
Another point, yes it WAS corrosive, but these tests of this reactor were 50 years ago, our technology has definitely improved since then so a leap to create this reactor shouldn't be too hard.
And nuclear fear is extremely common in the average person, rather irrational though it may be. More people have died from fossil fuels and even hydroelectric power than nuclear power.
No, it would not collapse the economy (yes, people actually ask this question)... just like the use of uranium reactors didn't... neither did coal... This is because you wouldn't have an instant transition from coal... oil... everything else to thorium. We could not do that. Simply due to the engineering. Give it 50 years we might be using thorium instead of coal/oil (too late in terms of global warming, but that's another debate completely), but we certainly won't destroy the earth's economy. Duh.
And yes he said we'd never run out. Not strictly true... bloody sceptics ... LFTRs can harness 3.5 million Kwh per Kg of thorium! 70 times greater than uranium, 10,000 greater than oil... and there is over 2.6 million tonnes of it on earth... Anyone with a calculator, or a brain, will understand that is a lot of energy!!
Making Safe Nuclear Power from Thorium
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