Thorium molten salt reactor a viable pathway to a carbon free energy system thorium molten salt reactors have the potential to offer abundant, affordable, safe and clean energy for thousands of years. Thorium reactors are the way to go not that renewable energy is bad, really it initially had some good intentions, but now it is politicized and as such largely a way for politicians to continue to abuse that system to get more votes and money. Thorium has become an attractive potential alternative to conventional nuclear fuel it isn't naturally radioactive and its power-plants would not be prone to meltdown nearly the entire fuel rod can be used in energy production without the serious national security and nuclear waste issues of using conventional uranium fuel.
I have one called five alternative forms of energy you have never heard of that poses some unique solutions to our power problems in addition to this, i have written about biomass energy and thorium power plants. Alternative fuels have been investigated to power nuclear reactors, with thorium being one of these options this is another article on nuclear energy, and in particular the use of uranium and thorium as nuclear fuel and subsequent radioactive waste produced. As aspiring nuclear countries search for ways to reduce fossil fuel dependence, debate is raging over the use of the lesser-known radioactive element thorium and its application to the nuclear fuel cycle. The thorium fuel cycle is a nuclear fuel cycle that uses an isotope of thorium, 232 th, as the fertile materialin the reactor, 232 th is transmuted into the fissile artificial uranium isotope 233.
Cycle benefits in the form of a well optimized fission-fusion thorium hybrid such an alternative sustainable paradigm or architecture would provide the possibility of long term fuel availability. India's three-stage nuclear power programme was formulated by homi bhabha in the 1950s to secure the country's long term energy independence, through the use of uranium and thorium reserves found in the monazite sands of coastal regions of south india the ultimate focus of the programme is on enabling the thorium reserves of india to be utilised in meeting the country's energy requirements. In order to create a reactive thorium fuel capable of producing energy, some form of fresh or recycled fissile material is needed as a 'driver component' as the fuel operates, thorium is transmuted to uranium-233 which is an excellent fissile material that then yields energy in the fuel. A group in northeast ohio is promoting an alternative form of atomic power that they say promises safer and cheaper nuclear reactors: thorium but critics say its time as a viable energy source has passed.
China isn't alone in turning to thorium as a potential source of power enthusiasm for exploiting this alternative to uranium is on the rise across the world, even as the cleanup continues from. The element thorium, named after the norse god of thunder, may provide a safer alternative as a fuel the key difference between thorium and other nuclear fuels is that it cannot sustain a chain. The president of the unite states of america barack obama could be the person to influence the usage of the ultimate alternative energy source ever discovered: thorium contrary to misconception that we have an energy shortage, we have more energy available than we could ever consume today we can. Pure thorium is a silvery-white metal that, when exposed to air, forms thorium oxide or thoria (tho 2) which has the highest melting point of any known oxide it has found various uses including light bulbs, welding electrodes, heat-resistant ceramics and high-refractive-index glass for high-quality optical lenses.
This paper evaluates biofuel, one alternative form of energy by showing what biofuel is, how it works, its historical use, and benefits and drawbacks it pertains i hypothesized that biofuel would be an effective alternative energy. Thorium is a radioactive element that could be used to generate low-carbon electricity compared to the uranium that is used in today's nuclear plants, thorium is more abundant and widely. Interspersed with the salt is the fuel, in this case thorium and some form of seed material (uranium or plutonium) the salt/fuel mixture passes through a core where graphite moderator resides as well as a control device. Kirk sorensen presented the promise of thorium in meeting future world energy demand at tu delft in 2015 today's approach to kirk sorensen, nasa-trained engineer, is a man on a mission.
Less manpower is needed in the mines to gather this abundant and easily extractable material and in the nuclear plants to control it because it is non-volatile as being noted in the article thorium reactors as an alternative energy source. Thorium forms numerous compounds with other elements thorium is widely distributed in small amounts in the earth's crust, being about half as abundant as lead and three times as abundant as uranium the chief commercial source of thorium is monazite sands obtained from india and brazil.
(physorg) —call it the great thorium divide: thorium supporters and thorium critics do not agree over claims that thorium is an alternative nuclear fuel that could ensure a better future for. Thorium can be converted by even waste u235 spent fuel rods but an msr must have a nuclear fuel ike bottema msr refers to molten salt reactor the molten salt is the coolant not the active. Thorium is a naturally occurring radioactive element, and may be best known for its potential to replace current nuclear energy generation by implementing reactors fueled by thorium this element is an alternative for the use of uranium, therefore it's a much safer fuel for civilian power plants. Thorium is much more abundant in nature than uranium thorium can be used as a nuclear fuel through breeding to uranium-233 (u-233) when this thorium fuel cycle is used, much less plutonium and other transuranic elements are produced, compared with uranium fuel cycles.