Nuclear energy is a subject which many people tend to shy away. I tend to shy away too, because it’s simply a hard topic to learn. So, it’s no surprise to many of us that not too many people have yet heard of Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor technology. Still, this is an important topic that people should get to know more of.
Many nuclear energy experts had suggested that LFTR which utilizes Thorium-232 to produce fissile material (probably U-233) can be safe (as not in going to explode). If I’m not wrong, fissile material or materials are the materials that can be used directly by the nuclear reactors to produce nuclear energy. So LFTR which utilizes Thorium is safe, what about the energy efficiency that can come out of this nuclear technology? Imagine only 1kg of Thorium is equating to 13,000 barrels of oil, how is this for energy efficiency? This is why I think LFTR matters. A barrel of oil could cost near $100 or more a barrel, but sometimes go as low as $80 per barrel. Thorium price can fluctuate up and down too, but 1kg of Thorium might just be two times or three times more expensive than a barrel of oil. Nonetheless, if we think about that 1kg of Thorium equates to 13,000 barrels of oil, we can see that 1kg is thousands of time cheaper than a barrel of oil. This means LFTR technology can be way cheaper than fossil types of technology.
With all of the advantages of LFTR and Thorium fissionable material, why nobody cared about this technology in the decades past even though the knowledge about this technology was made known in the decades past? OK, albeit, in the decades past, the preceded technology of LFTR was known as The Thorium-Molten Salt Reactor, but the advantages of utilizing Thorium fissionable material in TMSR are pretty much the same as LFTR. Nonetheless, in the decades past, the society was gravitated toward the pressurized water reactors, but these types of pressurized water reactors tend to have safety issues (i.e., they can go Kaboom Kaboom). The video right after the break goes into why in the decades past, society tended to gravitated toward PWR even though TMSR had more advantages (e.g., safer, cleaner, etc…).
- Thorium Is Now Gaining Popularity; China Pushes For Thorium Kind Of Nuclear Energy (essayboard.com)
- Robert Hargraves – Thorium Energy Cheaper Than Coal (essayboard.com)
- China blazes trail for ‘clean’ nuclear power from thorium (telegraph.co.uk)
- Nuclear Power – Why Thorium Is Much Better Than Uranium (greenerideal.com)
- Is Safe, Green Thorium Power Finally Ready For Prime Time? (hardware.slashdot.org)
- Let’s bust the nuclear spin about Thorium (nuclear-news.net)
- A Pair of MIT Scientists Try to Transform Nuclear Power (3quarksdaily.com)
- Thorium holds key to India’s energy security (indiamartonline.wordpress.com)