Race to develop nuclear energy from thorium

Duncan Clark of the Guardian posted this interesting piece on the race to produce nuclear power from thorium fuel.

Imagine how the nuclear energy debate might differ if the fuel was abundant and distributed across the world.

If there was no real possibility of creating weapons-grade material as part of the process.

If the waste remained toxic for hundreds rather than thousands of years.

If the power stations were small and presented no risk of massive explosions. 

What you’re imagining could fairly soon be reality judging from a little-noticed development in China last month. 

Two years ago, as part of the Manchester Report, a panel of experts assembled by the Guardian selected nuclear power based on thorium rather the uranium as one of the 10 most promising solutions to climate change.

Thorium – which is found in large quantities across much of the world – could be used to create nuclear energy in various ways. But the approach that impressed the Manchester Report panel so much was a currently obscure technology called the liquid-fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR).

You can read the complete post from Duncan here.

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