Thorium, Fuel Of The Future?

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Thorium, fuel of the Future? By: The Atomic Waffles Throughout history, the availability of a reliable, safe, and efficient source of energy has dictated what humans can and cannot achieve. The use of Thorium as a next generation fuel gives us the opportunity to become a wealthier and a more environmentally conscious species. Thorium also presents us with the ability to do away with virtually every other form of energy production. In a world that is completely dependent on energy, the reliability of the resource is of the utmost importance. But perhaps even more important than that is it’s safety. This is why we chose to model how the reactor handles catastrophes that could possibly put the reaction in turmoil such as earthquakes and…show more content…
Thorium, is much more safe for a multitude of reasons one of the most important being its frozen drain. Because we obviously did not have the resources to build a thorium reactor we decided to demonstrate one of its strongest attributes, the frozen drain safety feature. This core of the drain is kept cold throughout the reaction of thorium separating the reaction above and the safety chamber below. This is shown incredibly useful in natural disasters where the energy to the reactor can not be supplied so instead of there being a Fukushima like meltdown the thorium, fluoride salt mixture is drained into a chamber where it can be properly disposed of when energy is restored. Thorium is also incapable of sustaining a nuclear reaction on its own unlike uranium and plutonium which get out of hand all on their own. This safety mechanism goes beyond keeping the area and ecosystem around it safe. This simple frozen salt drain plug can help save massive amounts of money and animal life too. A perfect demonstration of what can be avoided with the use of LFTRs is the Fukushima meltdown. In march of 2011 a nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan, was damaged by a tsunami causing massive radiation leaks spanning over 800 square kilometers. This lead to the relocation of roughly 160,000 people and made over 500 billion dollars worth of land and city being rendered useless. An even more irreversible
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