Thorium 2017

There's no scientific reason that Thorium reactors shouldn't be researched, explored and built in 2017. The technology was developed in the 1960s but was shut down due to budget cuts and the desire to focus on nuclear weapons. The video is 34 minutes but worth it.

Thorium is an abundant material currently disposed of as waste. It is found in coal ash piles and mine tailings. A single Rare Earths mine could produce enough Thorium byproduct to power the entire planet.

To do so requires a very different nuclear reactor than the kinds we use today. Not one that uses solid fuel rods, but a reactor in which the fuel is kept in a liquid state. Not one that uses pressurized water as a coolant, but a reactor that uses extremely stable molten salts.

Or, simply "LFTR" (Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor) as proposed by Flibe Energy's Kirk Sorensen… a modern redesign of the 2-Fluid MSBR concept.

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