Nuclear Energy? Thorium! a documentary (in short clips)
Who would have guessed that BetterWorldSolutions is enthusiastic about nuclear energy?
Still, there are reserves though, but… how could we have missed all-those-years the (alleged?) benefits of the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor?!
Here, the starting article you’ll find at our Linkedin group with background information from all sides. Underneath a full documentary, composed of eleven small clips, of the Thorium for Energy Foundation. Enjoy.
LATEST EDIT: You will find the comment debunking the benefits of Thorium as alt. source of nuclear energy in our LinkedIn Group
Pros of Thorium
- Carbon-free operation
- Inherently far safer than conventional light water reactors
- Abundant fuel (thorium)
- Chemically stable
- Currently being developed in China and US
- Very small amount of low-level radioactive waste. Should be much easier to manage.
- Concentrated energy source, requiring far less land than solar
- Runs round the clock, good base-load and load-following source
- Less suitable for weapons proliferation that conventional nuclear
- Relatively low cost and scalable
- Could potentially be used in a distributed manner
- Technology is currently at the demonstration phase
- Requires less cooling water than conventional reactors
Cons of Thorium as energy source
- Non-renewable fuel
- Still produces hazardous waste (though far less)
- Can still facilitate proliferation of nuclear weapons
- Quite different than current technology
- Primarily conceived as a centralized plant
- Like all big plants, could be a terrorist target
- Technology not ready for prime time yet
- Competes with renewables for investment dollars
- Is energy from Biomass promising? Pro’s and Con’s of Biomass
- A new way to produce hydrogen from clean, renewable energy sources
- Why Wave Power Has Lagged Far Behind as Energy Source
- Power-to-gas: an option for the energy system of the future?
- Is Storage Necessary for Renewable Energy?
- Europe Renewable Energy Policy Handbook 2014