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  • National Security, Rare Earth Elements & The Thorium Problem

    12/21/2017 6:13:19 PM PST · by ak267 · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7-27-2014 | gordonmcdowell
    "The only operating rare earth mine in the United States sends all of their valuable resources to China for processing. Congress does not know this. They think this [mining] company is supplying the U.S. value chain, [and] is supplying the military. It is in-fact, the opposite. They are part of the Chinese monopoly. They're taking powder and shipping it to China, and it comes back as a magnet, or an alloy, or a bolt-on component." - Jim Kennedy
  • Thorium Power (2017 recap/updates)

    07/23/2017 8:31:54 PM PDT · by ak267 · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 7, 2017 | gordonmcdowell
    Thorium is an abundant material currently disposed of as waste. It is found in coal ash piles and mine tailings. A single Rare Earths mine could produce enough Thorium byproduct to power the entire planet. To do so requires a very different nuclear reactor than the kinds we use today. Not one that uses solid fuel rods, but a reactor in which the fuel is kept in a liquid state. Not one that uses pressurized water as a coolant, but a reactor that uses extremely stable molten salts.
  • Indonesia Considers Thorium Molten Salt Reactors

    06/05/2017 4:43:10 AM PDT · by RC one · 42 replies
    Power ^ | 05/01/2017 | Sonal Patel
    Power-short Indonesia has been mulling building a nuclear power plant for nearly 15 years, and it is exploring a number of novel options, including high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) and a thorium molten salt reactor.The 1958-established National Atomic Energy Agency (Badan Tenaga Nuklir Nasional, BATAN) wants to build an experimental nuclear power reactor at Serpong, the site of its largest multipurpose research reactor, and it continues to assess its options. In early 2015, BATAN signed a contract to build and test a pebble-bed HTGR at Serpong with a consortium of Russian and Indonesian companies led by NUKEM Technologies. And, in August...
  • US coal ash highly rich in rare earths, scientists find

    05/31/2016 3:41:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Mining ^ | May 30, 2016 | Cecilia Jamasmie
    US scientists have found what it could be key for the future of the country’s ailing coal industry as they detected that ashes from local operations, particularly those around the Appalachian region, are very rich in rare earth elements. Researchers from North Carolina-based Duke University analyzed coal ashes from coal-fired power plants throughout the US, including those in the largest coal-producing regions: the Appalachian Mountains; southern and western Illinois; and the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana. One of the team main conclusions was that coal waste generated by the Appalachian coal operations was the richest in rare earth...
  • Can Reusing Spent Nuclear Fuel Solve Our Energy Problems?

    09/20/2016 12:38:38 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    National Geographic ^ | September 19, 2016 | By Gary Strauss
    Nuclear power, always controversial, has been under an especially dark cloud since Japan’s Fukushima disaster five years ago. And in the United States, few new nuclear plants have been ordered since the 1979 partial meltdown at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, thanks to ongoing safety concerns, high capital costs, and the availability of lower-cost energy sources. But nuclear engineer Leslie Dewan believes that a safe, environmentally friendly, next-generation nuclear reactor isn’t just feasible—it's commercially viable. As cofounder and CEO of Boston-based startup Transatomic Power, Dewan and fellow Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad Mark Massie are working on commercial-scale development of...
  • Can the Molten Salt Reactor Break Through?

    09/11/2015 9:48:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 50 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | September 11, 2015 | William Tucker
    The big worry about nuclear reactors is that the solid fuel rods are going to melt down. If the core of the reactor loses its cooling water – as it did both at Three Mile Island and Fukushima – then the fuel rods overheat. Even though the nuclear reaction may stop, the decay heat is enough to melt the zirconium fuel rods so that the uranium pellets inside get exposed. If there is some water remaining, the heat may be enough to split off hydrogen, which can cause a hydrogen explosion, as occurred at Fukushima and was feared at Three...
  • Why the U.S. should invest a lot more in nuclear research

    06/18/2015 12:51:40 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 50 replies ^ | June 18, 2015 | Ryan Cooper
    Why the U.S. should invest a lot more in nuclear research   REUTERS June 18, 2015   For the past several years, nuclear power has been a focus of sharp disagreement in the debate over climate change. Traditional environmentalists tend to oppose it, while climate trolls argue it is the savior of mankind, only stopped by green ignorance. For all the hyperbole, both sides make some good points. Nuclear power is not as dangerous as it is often portrayed, at least compared to coal, while the trolls fail to acknowledge the major problem with traditional nuclear power: its stupendous...
  • US Comany Ships Advanced Tritium Monitor Equipment for Molten Salt Reactors to Shanghai, China

    06/06/2015 11:45:01 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 18 replies ^ | June 05, 2015: 02:24 PM ET
    US Nuclear Corp. (OTCBB: UCLE) has announced that it has shipped over $493,000 in advanced tritium monitor equipment to a leading edge Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) under development in Shanghai, China through its Overhoff Technology division today. Robert I. Goldstein, President, CEO and Chairman, stated, "This order was one of our most complex tritium monitoring systems designed and built by our Overhoff team. It also represents the largest sized shipment to any of our MSR clients in China during the second quarter and allows us to grow our footprint in the country. We are pleased they chose our Overhoff equipment...
  • Terrestrial energy allying with the University of Manchester on molten salt reactor development

    05/30/2015 7:05:34 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 10 replies ^ | May 30, 2015 | Author: brian wang
    May 30, 2015 Terrestrial energy allying with the University of Manchester on molten salt reactor development  Canadian Terrestrial Energy has formed an alliance with Dalton Nuclear Institute at the University of Manchester in UK to develop its Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR). The firm intends to accelerate work on the development in order to make it ready for the construction and licensing phase, which has been scheduled for early 2017. Molten salt reactors (MSRs) use fuel dissolved in a molten fluoride or chloride salt. As an MSR fuel salt is a liquid, it functions as both the fuel (producing the...
  • Thorium Abundances in Solar Twins and Analogues: Implications for the Habitability of Extrasolar...

    05/11/2015 11:50:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Astrobiology ^ | May 4, 2015 | astro-ph.EP
    We present the first investigation of Th abundances in Solar twins and analogues to understand the possible range of this radioactive element and its effect on rocky planet interior dynamics and potential habitability. The abundances of the radioactive elements Th and U are key components of a planet's energy budget, making up 30% to 50% of the Earth's (Korenaga 2008; Allegre et al. 2001; Schubert et al. 1980; Lyubetskaya & Korenaga 2007; The KamLAND Collaboration 2011; Huang et al. 2013). Radiogenic heat drives interior mantle convection and surface plate tectonics, which sustains a deep carbon and water cycle and thereby...
  • The U.S. is helping China build a novel, superior nuclear reactor

    03/23/2015 7:02:23 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 27 replies ^ | February 2, 2015, 2:48 PM EDT | Mark Halper
    The U.S. is helping China build a novel, superior nuclear reactor by  Mark Halper February 2, 2015, 2:48 PM EDT Share icons The Department of Energy is dusting off one of the old betamaxes of nuclear technology: The molten salt reactor. But with political will lacking at home, it will rise in China.In 1973, the Nixon administration made a momentous decision that altered the course of civilian nuclear power: It fired the director of the renowned Oak Ridge National Laboratory, scuppering development of a reactor widely regarded as safer and superior to the complicated, inferior behemoths that define the global...
  • Oldest Human Footprints in North America Identified

    12/13/2013 8:22:19 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    Western Digs ^ | December 09, 2013 | Blake de Pastino
    A hunter-gatherer who trekked through a desert oasis a hundred centuries ago left the continent’s most lasting impression: the oldest known human footprints in North America. There are only two of them — one left and one right — but the ancient traveler’s path through mineral-rich sediment in the Chihuahuan Desert allowed them to become enshrined in stone, and now dated, some 10,500 years later... The tracks were first discovered during highway construction in northeastern Mexico, about 300 kilometers from the Texas border, in 1961. They were excavated and taken to a local museum for study, but their precise location...
  • Nuclear Power Turns To Salt

    01/31/2015 1:05:27 AM PST · by ckilmer · 47 replies ^ | 1/07/2015 @ 11:32AM | James Conca
    Today, it was announced that the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory  (ORNL) in Tennessee is partnering with Canadian nuclear company Terrestrial Energy Inc. (TEI) to assist with TEI’s new Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR). The engineering blueprint stage for this GenIV reactor should be reached in two years. The reactor should come online in less than ten.
  • Kirk Sorensen: An Update On The Thorium Story China sprints while the West slumbers

    08/31/2014 9:20:43 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 2 replies
    peakprosperity ^ | Sunday, August 31, 2014, 11:54 AM | Adam Taggart
    Home Podcast   concept w/Shutterstock iTunes | Download | Report Problem Kirk Sorensen: An Update On The Thorium Story China sprints while the West slumbers by Adam Taggart Sunday, August 31, 2014, 11:54 AM   Two years ago, we interviewed Kirk Sorensen about the potential for thorium to offer humanity a safe, cheap and abundant source of energy.He is an active advocate for developing liquid fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) technology, the details of which were covered in our earlier podcast: A Detailed Exploration of Thorium's Potential As An Energy Source. That interview concluded with Kirk's observation that the West...
  • Jim Kennedy - Dept of Defence Blocked Solution to Rare Earth Crisis (Senate Bill S2006)

    07/02/2014 7:16:24 PM PDT · by Kolath · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | 06/30/2014 | Jim Kennedy
    Federal Law requires that all U.S. defense systems be built with U.S. or allied components. The reality is that nearly every defense system in the U.S. arsenal is 100% reliant on China for rare earth materials and components. Even the small quantity of heavy rare earths mined in United States are shipped to China for processing. Solution: S. 2006 "The National Rare Earth Cooperative Act". Bill S. 2006 was introduced as a stand alone Bill in February 2014. Jim: "On May 19, shortly after a well received bi-cameral Congressional Briefing to Armed Services and Natural Resource staff, we were informed...
  • Molten Salt Reactors enjoy 15 minutes of fame

    06/29/2014 7:17:33 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 56 replies
    neimagazine ^ | 11 June 2014
    Molten Salt Reactors enjoy 15 minutes of fame 11 June 2014   Print Email   A next-generation fast breeder reactor design is gaining popularity in research circles.On 6 June, UK researchers Jasper Tomlinson and Trevor Griffiths won £75,000 in Technology Strategy Board funding (including £20,000 of contributions-in-kind) to carry out an eight-month feasibility study.The project, which will be managed by mechanical engineer Rory O'Sullivan, aims to develop a ranking of alternatives and configurations of a liquid-fuelled molten-salt reactor, including costs, regulatory, public acceptance and site issues for building and licensing a pilot-scale demonstration reactor in the UK. It would...
  • UVU develops innovative nuclear technology (Thorium LFTR)

    03/21/2014 2:54:13 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 74 replies
    uvureview ^ | February 4th, 2014 | KresLynn Knous
    UVU develops innovative nuclear technology 10 comments, Tuesday, February 4th, 2014, by KresLynn Knouse, in News UVU’s office of Technology Commercialization is currently in the process of developing a unique model of a nuclear reactor known as the molten salt reactor, or MSR. MSRs have the ability to recycle the 270,000 metric tons of toxic waste generated from traditional light water reactors into a substantial power supply.MSR development has received increased attention from countries such as China, India, Australia, and Japan due to the efficiency, safety and ‘eco-friendly’ features of the system.MSR design innovators have boasted the potential to boost...
  • Bill Gates' Dream for a Nuclear-Powered Future Is Almost Here

    03/20/2014 10:59:38 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 31 replies ^ | March 4, 2014 | Maxx Chatsko
      Bill Gates' Dream for a Nuclear-Powered Future Is Almost Here By Maxx Chatsko | More Articles | Save For Later March 4, 2014 | Comments (1) Is this the future of clean energy? Source: TerraPower.Things may be different today, but in its heyday, Microsoft was a game-changing company that forever altered the way the world interacted with computers. The creative genius and foresight of Bill Gates has paid off in a significant way: He's the wealthiest person in the world with a net worth of $76 billion, according to Forbes. While Gates still advises Microsoft, he has turned much of his...
  • Chinese going for broke on thorium nuclear power, and good luck to them

    03/19/2014 4:28:24 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 180 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3-19-14 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The nuclear race is on. China is upping the ante dramatically on thorium nuclear energy. Scientists in Shanghai have been told to accelerate plans (sorry for the pun) to build the first fully-functioning thorium reactor within ten years, instead of 25 years as originally planned. “This is definitely a race. China faces fierce competition from overseas and to get there first will not be an easy task”,” says Professor Li Zhong, a leader of the programme. He said researchers are working under “warlike” pressure to deliver. Good for them. They may do the world a big favour. They may even...
  • Thorium, a Safer Nuclear Alternative?

    03/18/2014 6:15:44 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 14 replies
    french-news-online ^ | April 3, 2011
    Thorium, a Safer Nuclear Alternative? Added by admin on April 3, 2011.Saved under TourismTags: Areva, Brave New Climate Blog, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Fukushima, George Monbiot, Grenoble, Jean-Marie Loiseaux, Joe Bonometti, Laboratoire de Physique Subatomique et de Cosmologie de Grenoble, LFTR- Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor, Lightbridge, molten-salt nuclear reactor, Oak Ridge National Lab, Professor Barry Brook, Roger Brisso, Thorium, Thorium Energy Alliance, US Atomic Energy Commission, Wired As France, dependent on 58 reactors for 75-80% of its energy, firmly reasserts its faith in nuclear in the wake of Fukushima, China is headed towards a clean...