Two-Fluid MSBR Design Section Up from ORNL-4119

There were several of the MSRP reports that dealt with the two-fluid thorium reactor design that I have come to favor so much. I have converted the MSBR design section from the first of these reports (ORNL-4119) into a WordPress “page” to make it easier to read online. I hope you enjoy:

ORNL-4119: MSBR Design Studies



3 Replies to "Two-Fluid MSBR Design Section Up from ORNL-4119"

  • Martin Burkle
    April 11, 2010 (10:22 pm)

    These drawings are really nice. I can zoom in and see indevidule portions of the plant layout very easily.

    Question: Isn't this plant a lot larger than say an AP1000? I ask because if it is larger and has many more pieces (all of the reprocessing equipment) then it would seem to me to be a much more expensive plant to build.

  • Philip Oliver
    April 12, 2010 (1:57 pm)

    While I appreciate and support the idea of using thorium from an energy source, I have to note that it is naive to expect China and other countries to *stop* using coal as a result. If thorium-based reactors happen, they will exist side-by-side with coal until coal becomes economically infeasible to mine and burn. If you tried to shut down the mines before that, your greatest opposition would be from the miners themselves.

  • Philip Oliver
    April 12, 2010 (1:58 pm)

    Typo above: "from an energy source" -> "as an energy source"

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