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Uranium Is So Last Century — Enter Thorium the New

21-12-2009Fuel Thorium oxide and uranium oxide rods 4 Fuel input per gigawatt output 4 6 tons raw thorium 177 tons raw uranium 5 Annual fuel cost for 1-GW reactor $50-60 million 6 Coolant Water 7 Proliferation potential None 8 Footprint 200 000-300 000 square feet surrounded by a low-density population zone 2

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Update on the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor projects in

11-10-2016The Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor is a type of Molten Salt Reactor Molten Salt Reactors are Generation IV nuclear fission reactors that use molten salt as either the primary reactor coolant or as the fuel itself they trace their origin to a series of experiments directed by Alvin Weinberg at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the

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Thorium Energy Viability

This paper briefly goes over the background on using thorium as a source for nuclear reactors and discusses the major benefits and drawbacks of using thorium as an energy source for nuclear power Background Thorium has properties like uranium which allows it to fuel a nuclear chain reaction

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Thorium Fuel Cycle for a Molten Salt Reactor State of Missouri Feasibility Study Thorium was uncovered long ago amongst the waste products of several mining operations inthe state of Missouri Recently the feasibility of using thorium as an alternative to uranium-based nuclear fuel

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Reprocessing of Thorium Fuel Pyrochemical and

The other method adopted by India is the Interim-23 process which extracts uranium but leaves the thorium in the waste Finally pyrometallurgical routes for fuel processing of thorium oxide have not been extensively studied The aim of this paper is to present the reprocessing of thorium as both solid and liquid fuel

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GEANT4 Studies of the Thorium Fuel Cycle

GEANT4 STUDIES OF THE THORIUM FUEL CYCLE Cristian Bungau Roger Barlow Un iversity of Manchester UK Adriana Bungau Robert Cywinski Universityof Hudders eld UK Abstract Thoriumfuel has been proposedas an alternativeto ura-niumfuelinnuclearreactors NewGEANT4developments allow the Monte Carlo code to be used for the rst time in

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Thorium Reactor

Thorium reactors are based on the thorium fuel cycle and use thorium 232 as a fertile material During the fuel burning thorium 232 transforms into a fissile uranium 233 Unlike natural uranium natural thorium contains only trace amounts of fissile material (such as thorium 231) which are insufficient to initiate and sustain nuclear chain reaction

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Is Thorium A Magic Bullet For Our Energy Problems? NPR

4-5-2012Is Thorium A Magic Bullet For Our Energy Problems? As the search for cheap safe and non-carbon emitting sources of energy continues a band of scientists say the answer may be nuclear reactors fueled by thorium Others caution that thorium reactors pose waste and proliferation risks

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Indonesia and ThorCon to Develop Thorium MSR

INUKI with its license to import nuclear fuel will provide the thorium and uranium as required to fuel the reactor Pertamina will provide its expertise in moving large scale power projects from cradle to maturity and help navigate the governmental bureaucracy PLN will provide its expertise regarding siting the plant and connecting with the grid

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Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors Traditional Nuclear

traditional uranium plants thorium based plants may be safer cheaper and more productive Thus this paper seeks to critically examine these claims and exhaustively analyze the differences between thorium plants (in particular Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors or LFTRs) and traditional uranium plants

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The Future of Thorium as Nuclear Fuel

Because of its abundant resources of thorium and domestic lack of uranium India has been the only country with a sustained effort to use thorium in large scale nuclear power generation Its 20 year goal is to generate 75% of nuclear power from thorium Used fuel

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Advantages of Thorium Nuclear Fuel for Thermal

The explanation of the effects which were found earlier in numerical simulation of parameters of open thorium-plutonium nuclear fuel cycle has been offered Scientific and technical solutions allow considering the possibility of including thorium-232 in the fuel of nuclear reactors which are based on existing design solutions and beginning to

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Facts About Thorium

1-3-2017Thorium itself is not used for nuclear fuel but it is used to create the artificial uranium isotope uranium-233 according to the NASA report Thorium-232 first absorbs a neutron creating thorium-233 which decays to protactium-233 over the course of about four hours Protactium-233 slowly decays to uranium-233 over the course of about ten

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Improved PWR Core Characteristics with Thorium

fuel were of high priority and thorium based fuel was pointed out as one of the solutions because thorium generates the fissile isotope U-233 from neutron capture [1] Moreover thorium resources are about four times more abundant and more easily accessible compared with uranium However the knowledge about thorium

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Economics of Thorium and Uranium Reactors

Economics of Thorium and Uranium Reactors In February 2012 the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved a license for two new nuclear reactors in Georgia This was the first time a new nuclear reactor has been commissioned since 1978 1 The reactor to be used is the AP1000 built by Westinghouse a 1154 MWe

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Thor Energy

The second phase of a five-year trial-operation of thorium based nuclear fuels is now under way The consortium established* in 2011 and led by Thor Energy is undertaking a sophisticated test-irradiation campaign in order to quantify the performance of the fuel and to qualify it for commercial use

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Thorium

Thorium is around 3 times more abundant than uranium in the Earth's crust with a concentration of 9 6 parts per million In countries such as India and China the amount of thorium resources is much larger than the amount of uranium they have so the development of thorium as a part in nuclear fuel

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Thorium Reactors Fact and Fiction

24-1-2017However thorium is not fissile Thorium is the fertile element of the fuel it still needs a fissile element to get it started And here is one place the thorium-uranium fuel cycle differs from the uranium-plutonium fuel cycle Most thorium-fueled designs are breeder reactors meaning they produce more fissile material than they consume

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Thorium

Thorium-based power plants require less investment because there is no need of pressure rated vessels a pressure rated containment dome piping no redundant safety systems etc Fuel and power plant efficiency because a large part of the thorium fuel burned is turned into energy compared to

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SuperFuel (MacSci) RICHARD MARTIN

During the Manhattan Project thorium was passed over for consideration because it wasn't practical for nuclear weapons but after the war researchers discovered how thorium and its fissile derivative uranium-233 would be the best fuel for clean and safe nuclear reactors--they just didn't know exactly what form those reactors would take

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Thorium Research in the Manhattan Project Era by Kirk

Researchers in the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago which included Seaborg's chemistry group suggested that the plutonium produced be used as a fuel in a special reactor to convert thorium to uranium-233 for weapons This effort encountered many severe difficulties in fuel

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What is thorium and how does it generate power

1-11-2011There are various different ways that thorium can – or could – be used to generate energy A plant being developed in India uses solid thorium fuel in water-cooled reactors similar to those found in today's uranium-based power plants

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Thorium—Energy for the Future

This book presents results on Thorium as nuclear fuel collected from the most eminent scientists on all aspects including exploration and mining It comprises select proceedings of the ThEC15 conference organized by International Thorium Energy Organisation (IThEO)

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Thorium

Moreover it was emphasized that our collective experience with thorium fuels and thorium reactor technology is significantly less than that with U–Pu fuel cycles and deployment The final presentation of the session was made by Elsa Merle-Lucotte (IN2P3 CNRS) who gave an introduction to the physics of molten salt fast reactors (MSFRs)

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Thorium Fuel

Thorium "fuel" has been proposed as an alternative to uranium fuel in nuclear reactors There are not "thorium reactors " but rather proposals to use thorium as a "fuel" in different types of reactors including existing light-water reactors and various fast breeder reactor designs Thorium which refers to thorium

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Study of thorium advanced fuel cycle utilization in light

11-9-2019The first step in investigation of thorium fuel is evaluation of the results obtained from the spectral code for this type of fuel The benchmark summarized by IAEA in 2003 was used for partial validation of the code HELIOS 1 9 The benchmark was focused on a comparison of the methods and basic nuclear data Acceptable results of

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Thorium The Future Fuel for Nuclear Energy?

Current thorium fuel cycle research activities In the past several research and development activities were performed by using thorium based fuel But that was only limited to a small extent and the research conducted was basic in nature At present several advanced reactor conecepts are used for researching thorium

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Is the Superfuel Thorium Riskier Than We Thought?

5-12-2012The world's thorium supply is estimated to be several times greater than that of uranium If the world continues to use existing open reactor designs which only use a small portion of the uranium fuel that passes through a reactor before being discarded as waste then fuel

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Thorium myths

Update The American Nuclear Society has issued Nuclear Technology entitled The Reemergence of the Thorium Fuel Cycle that is meant to provide an even-handed description of its inherent attributes and identify some of the data gaps that have yet to be resolved The papers therein cover a wide variety of the things discussed on this page

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Thorium and the dream of clean nuclear power

20-12-2013One metric ton of thorium fuel would deliver the same amount of energy as 250 metric tons of uranium in a pressurized water reactor according to a briefing paper published by the United Kingdom All Party Parliamentary Group on Thorium a group of UK lawmakers who advocate adoption of the alternative fuel

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Research on the Radioactivity of Thorium Fuel in Different

This paper studies the raise of isotopes in spent fuel of thorium-based fuel cycle in pressurized water reactors and fast neutron reactors focus on the radioactivity level of actinides and fission products the important nuclides which have long term radiological impact or give the highest contribution to the total dose on short term after

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Thorium salt reactor experiments resume after 40 years

24-8-2017Unfortunately thorium can't do this so thorium fuel must be mixed with uranium or subjected to an outside neutron source to start the reaction cycle From the 1960s until 1976 the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the United States carried out reactor experiments using thorium fluoride dissolved in a molten salt instead of solid fuel elements

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