2 results for month: 04/2010


Renting U-233 to Interested Nations

I had an idea today--since U-233 represents something like a "catalyst" for the prolonged consumption of thorium in a LFTR, and since a LFTR can be built that has a unity conversion ratio (makes as much U-233 as it consumes), then perhaps a nation that developed a large supply of U-233 could "rent" it to nations that want to start LFTRs but lack the ability to get or make U-233. In a similar manner to the nuclear waste fund (1/10th of a penny per kilowatt*hour) the nation that "rents" U-233 to another nation could levy a rental fee on the electrical energy produced with "their" U-233. That way, a small country like Singapore could build or buy ...

Looking to the Past, Planning for the Future

Since giving my talk at TEAC2 several weeks ago on my proposed plan for our nuclear future, I've been spending a lot more time thinking about this issue, the plan, and how to describe what I would propose to do. Sometimes it helps me to sort out thoughts by drawing a picture, but in this case, as I sketched out my plan, I found that I needed to sketch out descriptions of how nuclear operations have been conducted in the past, how they are conducted currently, and what the conventional view of our nuclear future is. First of all, let's consider the period right after World War 2. That may seem like a long time ago, but decisions were made then ...