6 results for month: 09/2006


$1 Trillion to CAP CO2 emissions?

$1,000,000,000,000: the cost of capping greenhouse gas emissionsPricewaterhouseCooper has released a study saying that it will cost roughly a trillion dollars to "cap" the emissions of CO2. These kind of numbers will clearly scare many policy-makers who are convinced that reducing CO2 emissions is incompatible with healthy economic growth.Without plunging into the debate over global warming, let's consider a scenario--if conservative policy-makers thought that CO2 emission reductions would lead to economic GROWTH, they would be enthusiastic about embracing the cause of CO2 reduction, because there would be profit to be made.It's like expecting water ...

$48M for Remediation? (milking the job…)

$48 million to remediate the Molten-Salt Reactor Experiment? Not only does it sound like these guys are "milking" the job, but if this money was being spent on fluoride reactor DEVELOPMENT rather than "remediation", the entire remediation task (which appears to consist of fluorinating the MSRE fuel) could probably be accommodated in the reactor development work. Then the salt could immediately be put to productive uses in new fluoride reactors. As it is, they'll spend millions on paperwork just trying to throw away the U233 in WIPP. Cleanup of old reactor to resume

Fluoride Reactors and World Resources

While cleaning up the "Document Repository" I find fantastic papers written back in the hey-day of the fluoride reactor work at ORNL. This one from 1971 is really neat...an examination of the resources of the world and how they might be affected by the large-scale development of power from thorium-fueled fluoride reactors.ORNL-TM-3563: Availability of Natural Resources for Molten-Salt Breeder ReactorsI love it when people think big like this.

Enrichment for Everyone?

Vladimir Putin wants to set up internation uranium enrichment facilities whose products would be available to all nations that want nuclear energy. Sounds quite a bit like Eisenhower's concept of an international "uranium" bank.Russia, IAEA to start setting up intl. uranium enrichment centerBut for those familiar with the thorium cycle, it is clear that practically unlimited amounts of nuclear energy can be generated without the need for any uranium enrichment at all, unless U-235 is used as the thorium reactor start-charge. And at this stage of nuclear development, fissile start charges could come from HEU, Pu, or be bred in chloride reactors from ...

The King's Thorium

A tip of the hat to Ralph Palmer, Baron Lucas of Crudwell and member of the House of Lords for mentioning thorium and this site on his blog...

Thorium at Indian Point

I found this the other day in the 37th edition of "Steam: Its Generation and Use", published in 1963, an industry standard reference which has been published by Babcock and Wilcox for about a century now. On page 27-4 it said:Consolidated Edison Indian Point StationIn meeting the challenges and responsibilities of providing electricity to nearly nine million people in a 600-square mile area, which includes New York City and most of Westchester County, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. constructed one of the nation's first large-scale atomic power plants at Indian Point, 24 miles north of New York City, on the Hudson River.After consider...