Thorium Nuclear Reactors (short)
A great idea has to be explained in one breath.
Why would anyone want Thorium reactors?
They produce safe, clean and cheap power.
Are Thorium reactors something new?
We ran a Thorium reactor in the 1960s, but then we stopped.
Why can’t we make them now?
Regulations changed since the 1960s, and development takes money. No investor will bet a billion dollars on a politician’s promise to let us license this new type of reactor.
But don’t reactors need safety regulations? Can’t reactors explode?
- Thorium reactors operate at low pressure, about the same pressure as your car tire.
- They can’t have a steam explosion because they don’t need water to stay cool.
- They are passively safe, which means they will safely shut down all by themselves if you walk away from them.
- And Thorium is the wrong fuel to make an atomic bomb, so we don’t have to worry about terrorists stealing it.
That sounds good, but doesn’t this reactor make nuclear waste?
That is the great thing about them! Liquid fueled Thorium reactors make almost no nuclear waste, and their used fuel decays in 300 years, not the 30,000 years that is typical for a conventional reactor.
Is that the only difference between Thorium and other nuclear plants?
- Thorium reactors are so efficient that the plants don’t need to sit next to a river or ocean for cooling.
- It is so safe it doesn’t need a massive building to contain a steam explosion.
- Since the plant is small, it can be built on an assembly line like an airplane or ship, not built on site like a huge building.
- These small power plants could be installed where they are needed in weeks, not years.
Well, they must need some kind of fuel.
Sure they do. Thorium is found all over the world. We’ve already found a thousand years supply of it right here in the US.
So you must need government assistance to develop these reactors, right?
We need what every business needs. We need a stable and fair regulatory and investment environment.
Then you’re stuck until things change in the US!
Not quite. The US military can license reactors for its own use. That’s what we’re looking at now, but the Chinese are pursuing these reactors too.
Great, we’ll wait until we have to buy these reactors from China!
No. Until we can build them here, I talk to people like you.
There must be a catch.
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Costs and Regulation- “Disruptive Thinkers and Thorium Reactors”
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