Why are we not using Thorium instead of Uranium for power?
- Roger the MoleLv 75 years ago
A friend of my who used to consult for the NRC wrote me an e-mail in January, 2010, about thorium reactors. He said:
"I have followed this technology for some years with interest. It has merits and one great demerit - it is very costly - at least twice the cost of most renewables. So why go this route? The so called renaissance of uranium reactors has become a fiasco. The Finnish project with Areva was to cost $2500 per Mwe for the first prototype,with $1200 per Mwe in the following standardized units.The reality is 3 years behind schedule, 77% over budget with no hope of completion at less than a 100% overrun, and standardized successors now priced at $5000 per Mwe, four times the hoped for cost. There is no reason whatever to claim thorium based reactors will be any cheaper. We cannot afford to waste precious time and money on nuclear, but should have a crash implementation of commercializing renewables like wind and solar thermal electric."
- pisgahchemistLv 75 years ago
Good question. The key problem up to this point is that it is difficult to get a large enough quantity of fissionable thorium to sustain a chain reaction. A recent suggesting is to combine it with plutonium to make a fissile mix. The catch with this is dealing with plutonium. Read this article: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/160131-thorium-...
- 4 years ago
It's scarce here on earth. The moon is covered with it! It's everywhere up ther!