Scientists from the School of Nuclear Science & Engineering of Tomsk Polytechnic University are developing a technology enabling the creation of high-temperature gas-cool low-power reactors with thorium fuel.
TPU scientists propose to burn weapons-grade plutonium in these units, converting it into power and thermal energy. Thermal energy generated at thorium reactors may be used in hydrogen industrial production. The technology also makes it possible to desalinate water.
The mixture of thorium and weapons-grade plutonium is the fuel for the new kind of reactors.
Firstly, we efficiently dispose one of the most dangerous radioactive fuels in thorium reactors, secondly, we generate power and heat, thirdly, with its help, it will be possible to develop industrial hydrogen production.’
The Latest on: Thorium reactors
Funding for thorium molten salt and other advanced nuclear reactors
on July 12, 2018 at 7:48 am
Flibe Energy has taken the 1960’s Oak Ridge molten salt reactor work and enhanced the design into the liquid-fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR). LFTR is a molten-salt reactor design that can utilize thor... […]
In Response: Build nuclear plants to bolster strained power grid
on July 11, 2018 at 5:23 pm
(Unlike current water-cooled reactors, molten salt reactors can't create hydrogen ... George Erickson is a member of the Thorium Energy Alliance and the National Center for Science Education. His webs... […]
Identified Uranium Resources Can Last 100 Years: IAEA Director General
on June 27, 2018 at 7:55 pm
These modern nuclear reactors will require less uranium, and may even be customizable, ranging from small to mid-sized to modular. There are even some countries interested in exploring the addition of ... […]
A Safe Nuclear Reactor?
on June 25, 2018 at 12:12 pm
But thorium's most important application is its potential use in nuclear energy. Why’s that? Well, the science is a bit above my pay grade here, but the short of it is this... Current nuclear reactors ... […]
A Cheaper, Safer Sort of Nuclear Power
on June 5, 2018 at 5:00 pm
It's thorium, and particularly the LFTR—the liquid fluoride thorium reactor. All 104 units of the U.S. reactor fleet, plus all of its naval nuclear fleet, are comprised of light water reactors using l... […]
Thorium is the answer to energy needs
on March 5, 2018 at 3:48 pm
Thorium Molten Salt Reactors (LIFTRS) are the answer. These new reactors are 100 percent safe, use 97 percent of the nuclear energy, can be made small, trailer truck size, have little benign waste, do ... […]
Is Thorium A Future Option For Nuclear Energy?
on November 26, 2017 at 4:00 am
Nuclear reactors running on thorium are widely held to be inherently safer than the awful pressurized-water reactors we have today. So why don’t we have thorium reactors? A new TV documentary also ava... […]
India Has Almost Finished The World’s First Advanced Thorium Nuclear Reactor
on October 7, 2017 at 5:00 am
India’s nuclear scientists expect to complete an experimental fast breeder nuclear reactor in Kalpakkam by the end of 2017. The Kalpakkam reactor will generate 500 megawatts of electricity by using th... […]
‘Safer’ thorium reactor trials could salvage nuclear power
on August 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm
A Dutch nuclear research institute is conducting the first experiment in close to five decades on molten-salt nuclear reactors based on thorium. Long hailed as a potential "safer" nuclear power, thori... […]
Netherlands going forward with thorium reactor research
on August 21, 2017 at 9:17 am
The first phase of a Salt Irradiation Experiment (SALIENT) has begun at the Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group in Petten, a nuclear research facility along the North Sea coast in the Netherlands. ... […]
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