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Will Thorium Power the Globe?

Four times more abundant than uranium, there is apparently enough thorium available in known deposits to generate electricity for 10,000 years

Thorium has incredible potential as an ultra-safe, clean, and cheap nuclear energy source which can power the world for millennia.

Its benefits include the following:

* Thorium reactors offer absolutely zero possibility of a meltdown because it cannot sustain a nuclear chain reaction without priming; fission would stop by default.

* Thorium reactions do not create weapons-grade by-products.

* Waste from a thorium reactive stays radioactive for only a few hundred years rather than tens of thousands of years.

* Pure thorium from the ground does not require enrichment, as opposed to uranium.

There are many benefits to thorium, it is a wonder that it is not already being widely used as a nuclear fuel. However, there are projects underway in the United States, China, India, and elsewhere. Germany and India already have existing commercial power stations powered by thorium. India has a goal of meeting 30 percent of its energy needs from thorium by the year 2050. In the US, a reactor project is ongoing in Odessa Texas and should be operational by 2015.

 

 

 

http://world-nuclear.org/info/inf62.html

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