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  • 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 countryís 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 Japanís 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 isnít just feasibleóit'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 Ė as it did both at Three Mile Island and Fukushima Ė 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 continentís most lasting impression: the oldest known human footprints in North America. There are only two of them ó one left and one right ó but the ancient travelerís 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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äėeco-friendly‚Äô 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. ďThis is definitely a race. China faces fierce competition from overseas and to get there first will not be an easy taskĒ,Ē says Professor Li Zhong, a leader of the programme. He said researchers are working under ďwarlikeĒ 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...
  • Chinese scientists urged to develop new thorium nuclear reactors by 2024

    03/18/2014 6:07:20 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 14 replies
    scmp ^ | Tuesday, 18 March, 2014, 11:42pm | Stephen Chen
    Chinese scientists urged to develop new thorium nuclear reactors by 2024 PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 March, 2014, 11:42pm UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 March, 2014, 4:54am Stephen Chen \ † Beijing wants to cut its reliance on coal-fired power. Photo: AP The deadline to develop a new design of nuclear power plant has been brought forward by 15 years as the central government tries to reduce the nation's reliance on smog-producing coal-fired power stations.A team of scientists in Shanghai had originally been given 25 years to try to develop the world's first nuclear plant using the radioactive element thorium as...
  • Thorium Powered Car Could Run 100 Years On Just 8 Grams of Fuel

    03/14/2014 12:42:38 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 85 replies ^ | March 5, 2014 | Arjun Walia.
    Atomic Car Revisited: Thorium Could Power A Vehicle for 100 Years? By George Kennedy 5 hours ago ¬† A car that could run for 100 years on one tank of fuel? It sounds like a far-fetched idea, but it is just what a company is apparently claiming possible with the use of an atomic fuel that was abandoned during the Nixon administration. We‚Äôre talking about the sounds-too-good-to-be-true substance called ‚ÄúThorium.‚ÄĚThorium is a naturally occurring radioactive element. It was discovered in 1828 by a Norwegian mineralogist and identified by a Swedish chemist, who then named it after the Norse god, Thor.ATOMIC...
  • Blunt, Manchin Introduce Bill To Encourage Domestic Production Of Rare Earth Minerals

    02/09/2014 8:08:08 AM PST · by Kolath · 10 replies
    Senator Blunt ^ | 02/07/2014 | Senator Roy Blunt
    WASHINGTON, D.C. Ė U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) and U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (W. Va.) introduced the ďNational Rare Earth Cooperative Act of 2014Ē this week, bipartisan legislation that relieves Americaís dependence on Chinaís rare earth minerals, encourages private sector jobs and innovation, and preserves our the United Statesí military technological edge. To read the bill, click this link:
  • Special Report: The U.S. government lab behind China's nuclear power push

    12/22/2013 4:15:25 PM PST · by ckilmer · 19 replies
    reuters ^ | Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:20am EST | David Lague and Charlie Zhu
    Scientists in Shanghai are attempting a breakthrough in nuclear energy: reactors powered by thorium, an alternative to uranium.
  • China Is Using US Research to Take the Lead on Thorium Reactor Development

    12/22/2013 4:05:38 PM PST · by ckilmer · 27 replies
    motherboard ^ | March 12, 2013 | By Derek Mead
    Thorium China Is Using US Research to Take the Lead on Thorium Reactor Development ¬† By Derek MeadA CAD render of an old Oak Ridge molten salt reactor design, via Flibe Energy In the fracking-dominated and carbon-obsessed United States, we often forget that carbon-neutral energy doesn't have to simply be solar and wind. There's also nuclear power, of which alternative, safe power cycles exist, ones that were first developed by American researchers. But after years of sitting around, that research is finally being put to use‚Äďby China.We've long discussed the thorium dream in depth¬†here at Motherboard, largely because it's oh...
  • The Biggest Oil Discovery In 50 Years?

    12/03/2013 2:48:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | July 23rd, 2013 | Michael Snyder
    In a virtually uninhabitable section of South Australia, a discovery has been made which could rock the world. Some are calling it the biggest discovery of oil in 50 years. Earlier this year, a company called Linc Energy announced that tests had revealed that there was a minimum of 3.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent sitting under more than 65,000 square kilometres of land that it owns in the Arckaringa Basin. But that is the minimum number. It has been projected that there could ultimately be up to 233 billion barrels of recoverable oil in the area. If that turns...
  • This Radioactive Element Could Power the Planet

    11/14/2013 2:24:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 41 replies
    Mashable ^ | 08 Nov 2013 | Colin Daileda
    If your car was powered by thorium, you would never need to refuel it. The vehicle would burn out long before the chemical did. The thorium would last so long, in fact, it would probably outlive you. That's why a company called Laser Power Systems has created a concept for a thorium-powered car engine. The element is radioactive, and the team uses bits of it to build a laserbeam that heats water, produces steam, and powers an energy-producing turbine. Thorium is one of the most dense materials on the planet. A small sample of it packs 20 million times more...
  • Nobel physicist: Thorium trumps all fuels as energy source

    11/06/2013 11:49:31 PM PST · by Innovative · 48 replies
    Smart Planet ^ | Nov 5, 2013 | mark Halper
    Carlo Rubbia, a former director of the CERN laboratory who shared the 1984 Nobel Prize in Physics, described thorium as having ďabsolute pre-eminenceĒ over all other fuels including fossil fuels and uranium, the metallic element that has driven reactors since nuclear first started powering public grids in 1956. ďIn order to be vigorously continued, nuclear power must be profoundly modified,Ē Rubbia said at the Thorium Energy Conference 2013, held on the CERN campus here last week. Rubbia pointed out that thorium leaves less long-lived waste than uranium, is far more plentiful and is resistant to weapons proliferation, as I reported...
  • Thorium backed as a 'future fuel'

    11/01/2013 1:47:34 PM PDT · by Innovative · 107 replies
    BBC News ^ | Oct 31, 2013 | Roger Harrabin
    Nuclear scientists are being urged by the former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix to develop thorium as a new fuel. Mr Blix says that the radioactive element may prove much safer in reactors than uranium. His enthusiasm is shared by some in the British nuclear establishment. Scientists at the UKís National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) have been encouraged by the government to help research on an Indian thorium-based reactor, and on a test programme in Norway. China is going for a revolutionary approach, devising a next-generation reactor which its supporters say will enable thorium to be used much more safely than...
  • Future Energy, Thorium and the LFTR reactor (excellent video).

    10/29/2013 7:38:54 PM PDT · by Kolath · 3 replies
    You Tube ^ | 8/31/13 | 2112design
    The science, technology and economics of using Thorium in a power generating nuclear reactor and the future of energy over the next 20 to 50 years
  • Thorium, Heavy Rare Earths, China & the Loss of Hi-Tech Manufacturing Jobs

    10/06/2013 6:11:05 PM PDT · by Kolath · 2 replies
    You Tube ^ | 10/10/11 | Thorium Remix
    Thorium policy in all western nations undermines the successful development of a domestic rare earth market. All of the rare earths that most western mining companies are willing to process are what they call bastnasites or carbonatites. They select these rare earths not because of the high ratios of rare earths but simply the absence of thorium. Manufacturers using rare earth elements in their products are relocating their manufacturing base inside China. The jobs in manufacturing transfer from the United States and western Europe into the Chinese mainland. This impacts consumer electronics, green technologies & military technology.
  • Solving America's Rare Earth Problem (TEAC5)

    08/05/2013 7:41:09 PM PDT · by Kolath · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | 08/02/2013 | Jim Kennety
    Jim Kennedy of (ThREE Consulting) on America's shedding of high-tech manufacturing jobs. We focus on projecting power instead of industrial policy. Neglecting both a domestic supply of heavy rare earths, and molten salt reactor (MSR) technology, we guarantee China's future dominance. Jim proposes "Thorium Bank" cooperative as a means of allowing both a domestic supply chain of heavy rare earths (large enough to service global demand), and inexpensive electricity & process heat. This will create American jobs, and stop the hemorrhaging of Intellectual Property into China.
  • Greentec Award reinstated to Molten Salt Thorium reactor design

    08/04/2013 11:58:23 AM PDT · by Kolath · 11 replies
    nextbigfuture ^ | 08/03/2013 | Brian Wang
    The Dual-Fluid Reactor, a MSR (Molten Salt Reactor) was entered into the Greentec contest by Berlinís Institute for Solid-State Nuclear Physics. MSRs and other advanced nuclear designs auger a CO2-free energy future and represent clear improvements in nuclear safety, efficiency, and waste management when compared to conventional nuclear. The Dual-Fluid Reactor (DFR) can also be used as a source of industrial process heat to make hydrogen and synthetic fuels.
  • A Boy and His Nuclear Reactor (Taylor Wilson & LFTR Thorium Reactors)

    08/01/2013 3:08:37 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 16 replies
    neinuclearnotes | Friday, May 17, 2013
    Taylor Wilson built a fusion reactor at age 14 and remains interested in nuclear technology. So, at 19, he has presented his idea for a small reactor concept that uses molten salt to make the smaller reactor both more powerful and more efficient than their cousins. Wilson's fission reactor operates at 600 to 700 degrees Celsius. And because the laws of thermodynamics say that high temperatures lead to high efficiencies, this reactor is 45 to 50 percent efficient. Traditional steam turbine systems are only 30 to 35 percent efficient because their reactors run at low temperatures of about 200 to...
  • Underway on nuclear power

    08/01/2013 2:34:11 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 7 replies
    Power Engineering ^ | 2013/07 | Denver Nicks
    Underway on nuclear power By Denver Nicks As we finalized our upcoming issue of Nuclear Power International, a major milestone for the nuclear industry passed by quietly, almost stealthilyósilent and deep, you might say. Vice Admiral Eugene P. Wilkinson passed away on Thursday, July 11, at the age of 94. Decades earlier, in 1955, the vice admiral made history when, while piloting a submersible ship named the USS Nautilus out of Groton, Conn., into Long Island Sound, he uttered the now-famous words, ďUnderway on nuclear power.Ē The moment was not only momentous because it marked the beginning of Americaís nuclear...
  • Bill Gates Is Beginning to Dream the Thorium Dream

    07/27/2013 2:59:13 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 27 replies
    motherboard ^ | 7/4/2014 | Brian Merchant
    Bill Gates Is Beginning to Dream the Thorium Dream By Brian Merchant Image: Wikimedia Mention thoriumóan alternative fuel for nuclear poweróto the right crowd, and faces will alight with the same look of spirited devotion you might see in, say, Twin Peaks and Chicago Cubs fans. People love thorium against the odds. And now Bill Gates has given them a new reason to keep rooting for the underdog element. TerraPower, the Gates-chaired nuclear power company, has garnered attention for pursuing traveling wave reactor tech, which runs entirely on spent uranium and would rarely need to be refueled. But the concern...
  • Bill Gatesí nuclear company explores molten salt reactors, thorium

    07/24/2013 9:21:40 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 32 replies
    Weinberg Foundation ^ | July 23rd, 2013 | Mark Halper
    Bill Gatesí nuclear company explores molten salt reactors, thorium July 23rd, 2013 Posted by Mark Halper Bill Gates TED Jurvetson Flickr Opening the nuclear Gates. TerraPower, Bill Gatesí nuclear company, is now open to reactor types other than its traveling wave design. The traveling wave remains the companyís focus, although Terra has morphed it into more of a ďstanding wave.Ē TerraPower, the Bill Gates-chaired nuclear company that is developing a fast reactor, is now investigating alternative reactor technologies, including thorium fuel and molten salt reactors. While the companyís ďbig betĒ continues to be on a fast reactor that TerraPower calls...
  • Mark Halper - Thorium Trail Widens @ TEAC5

    07/21/2013 5:49:04 PM PDT · by Kolath · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/6/2013 | gordonmcdowell
    Mark Halper delivers a thorium year-in-review at the Thorium Energy Alliance's 5th conference, in Chicago on May 30th 2013. The plot thickens....
  • Jim Kennedy - Link Between Thorium and Self Reliance in Rare Earths & Energy

    07/14/2013 1:31:37 PM PDT · by Kolath · 6 replies
    You Tube ^ | Jul 20, 2012 | gordonmcdowell
    The western world has within its capacity far more than enough rare earths (including heavy rare earths) to meet its own industrial demand. It is an unwillingness to process material containing thorium which is ultimately impeding our high tech manufacturing sector.
  • Replacing Coal with Solar Energy ó Let Me Count the Costs

    07/04/2013 3:03:24 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 12 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | July 4, 2013 | Larry Walker Jr
    ďSuppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?Ē ~ Luke 14:28 (NIV)- By: Larry Walker, II -During his 2011 State of the Union address, Potus announced a new U.S. energy target: Produce 80 percent of electricity from clean energy sources by 2035. Just this past week, two and a half years later, he announced that the centerpiece of his proposal involves deploying the EPA in a new war on the coal industry. But according to Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Allegheny), the...
  • Former NE Senator Bob Kerrey joins US Rare Earths (can he solve the "thorium problem?)

    07/04/2013 12:51:55 PM PDT · by Kolath · 16 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 7/1/13 | Jonah Goldbert
    NEW YORK, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- U.S. Rare Earths, Inc., "UREE", UREE +8.00% , a rare earths exploration company with mining claims in Idaho, Montana, and Colorado, announced today the appointment of J. Robert Kerrey, former U.S. Senator and Governor of Nebraska, to the Company's Board of Directors. "We are delighted to add an independent Director with Bob's wide range of experience, and his familiarity with critical issues of national importance. It should now become clear that we are in the process at UREE of building an extremely accomplished team on the Board of Directors. Our intention...
  • This Thorium Reactor Has the Power of a Norse God

    07/04/2013 12:17:13 PM PDT · by Innovative · 57 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | July 3, 2013 | Andrew Tarantola
    This stuff could very well revolutionize nuclear power. Thorium-MOX can be formed into rods and used in current generation (Gen II) nuclear reactor with minimal retrofitting. Thor Energy is currently testing the new technology on the small scale. A prototype reactor will power a paper mill in the town of Halden, Norway for the next five years. If the fuel proves to be commercially viable during that test, we could see a sea change in nuclear power by the end of the decade.
  • Is Nuclear Waste Really Waste? By products of fission.

    06/10/2013 5:58:40 PM PDT · by ak267 · 8 replies
    You Tube ^ | 12/15/2010 | Google Tech Talk
    An economic analysis of what is in spent nuclear fuel. As a nuclear reactor fissions heavy metal U235 and Pu239, the atoms are split into two randomly sized pieces. Many of these fission products are unstable and rapidly decay into other products. After nuclear reactor fuel has cooled in a pool of water for a few years, and then sat in dry cask storage for another 10--30 years, what is it made of? Is it dangerous waste that needs to be isolated from humanity for 100,000 years or is it precious material waiting to be partitioned and sold? The answer...
  • Thorium Reactors (Info 101 and findings by the original ORNL scientists)

    06/07/2013 6:27:51 PM PDT · by ak267 · 16 replies ^ | January 2013 | Peter Reinhardt
    My last article about thorium as an alternative nuclear reactor fuel drew way more readers than I expected. I intentionally glossed over the complexities of specific reactor designs for the sake of simplicity, but in this article I want to go deeper. This article explains some of the differences between traditional uranium reactors and molten salt thorium reactors (MSRs).
  • Vanity: Thorium Now!!!!

    05/30/2013 3:41:24 PM PDT · by ak267 · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | March 2012 | 123ross456
    Learn more about Thorium reactors and the potential. (5 minute overview) (36 minutes...more "techie") (about 1 hour....symposium like discussion)
  • Nuclear futures: thorium could be the silver bullet to solve our energy crisis

    05/25/2013 6:45:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 42 replies
    The Conversation ^ | 22 May 2013 | Robert Cywinski
    The only source of energy that can meet global demand while avoiding greenhouse gas emissions is nuclear power. But our perception of nuclear power is coloured by issues of safety, radiotoxic waste, and the threat of nuclear proliferation. Yet there is a safer alternative to current nuclear technologyÖ Author Robert Cywinski Professor, Special Research Advisor at University of Huddersfield Disclosure Statement Robert Cywinski receives funding from the EPSRC and STFC The Conversation is funded by CSIRO, Melbourne, Monash, RMIT, UTS, UWA, Canberra, CDU, Deakin, Flinders, Griffith, JCU, La Trobe, Massey, Murdoch, Newcastle. QUT, Swinburne, UniSA, USC, USQ, UTAS, UWS and...
  • China blazes trail for 'clean' nuclear power from thorium

    01/06/2013 6:14:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The London Sunday Telegraph ^ | January 6, 2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The Chinese are running away with thorium energy, sharpening a global race for the prize of clean, cheap, and safe nuclear power. Good luck to them. They may do us all a favour. Princeling Jiang Mianheng, son of former leader Jiang Zemin, is spearheading a project for China's National Academy of Sciences with a start-up budget of $350m. He has already recruited 140 PhD scientists, working full-time on thorium power at the Shanghai Institute of Nuclear and Applied Physics. He will have 750 staff by 2015. The aim is to break free of the archaic pressurized-water reactors fueled by uranium...
  • Our Rare Earth China Syndrome

    12/26/2012 6:34:47 AM PST · by frithguild
    Radio Free NJ ^ | 12/23/2012 | frithguild
    We have a lot of stupid people the United States governments. It’s not their fault. The creators of our Constitution designed a system that should rarely entangle itself in highly profitable transactions that involve innovative products or strategies. As a result, our economy historically bids the most driven and intelligent away from government jobs. Government, then, finds a governing formula that works, and sticks to it, often no matter what. China, as every American senses, differs. There, the government bears no shame in announcing that it is the sole source of all beneficial economic activity. In this way, the...
  • Rare Earth China Syndrome, Pt. 2

    12/26/2012 6:34:42 AM PST · by frithguild
    Radio Free NJ ^ | 12/23/2012 | frithguild
    All you need to know as an American politician or bureaucrat is that Thorium is bad, because it is radioactive. Thorium was discovered in 1828 by the Norwegians who named it after the God of Thunder. At one time, annual U.S production of brightly glowing thorium mantles in gas lamps stood at 40 million units. But as we in the U.S. matured from a manufacturing powerhouse, we learned that nearly all naturally occurring thorium exists as thorium-232, which undergoes alpha decay with a half-life of about 14.05 billion years. Alpha decay consists of two neutrons and two protons, basically...
  • Rare Earth China Syndrome, Pt. 3

    12/26/2012 6:34:17 AM PST · by frithguild · 5 replies
    Radio Free NJ ^ | 12/23/2012 | frithguild
    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory ran a Molten Salt Reactor for over 22,000 hours in the late 60's and early 70's. It used molten thorium fluoride salts as fuel, which in its liquid state is a clear liquid. Thorium is fertile, not fissile, so the Oak Ridge reactor achieved criticality with the introduction of U-239 and later U-233 as a source of neutron radiation. A Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) operates at atmospheric pressure, maintaining a peak temperature of 1,300 degrees F. A LFTR will not go kerpow like Fukushima Daiichi because you do not need power to cool...
  • China Syndrome - Final Stupidity

    12/26/2012 6:33:59 AM PST · by frithguild · 1 replies
    Radio Free NJ ^ | 12/23/2012 | frithguild
    July 17, 2012 Commercializing Small Modular Reactors for Domestic and International Markets 2012, Washington, D.C. Question: Iíve got a question on the international cooperation. There is still probably some R&D to develop other projects to move them to commercialization. Do you see any benefits to international cooperation in the field of R&D, like generation 4, and things like this, and working with companies in China, Russia, Europe Ö? Answer from John Kutsch, Thorium Energy Alliance, discussing the CEUSP. ( See video posted at RFNJ)

    12/17/2012 8:00:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | 12/11/12 | Peter Murray
    A Norwegian company is breaking with convention and switching to an alternative energy it hopes will be safer, cleaner and more efficient. But this isn’t about ditching fossil fuels, but rather about making the switch from uranium to thorium. Oslo based Thor Energy is pairing up with the Norwegian government and US-based (but Japanese/Toshiba owned) Westinghouse to begin a four year test that they hope will dispel doubts and make thorium the rule rather than the exception. The thorium will run at a government reactor in Halden. Thorium was discovered in 1828 by the Swedish chemist Jons Jakob Berzelius...
  • Thorium: Proliferation warnings on nuclear 'wonder-fuel'

    12/17/2012 8:27:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies ^ | December 5, 2012 | NA
    The element thorium, which many regard as a potential nuclear "wonder-fuel", could be a greater proliferation threat than previously thought, scientists have warned. Writing in a Comment piece in the new issue of the journal, Nature, nuclear energy specialists from four British universities suggest that, although thorium has been promoted as a superior fuel for future nuclear energy generation, it should not be regarded as inherently proliferation resistant. The piece highlights ways in which small quantities of uranium-233, a material useable in nuclear weapons, could be produced covertly from thorium, by chemically separating another isotope, protactinium-233, during its formation.The chemical...