3 results for month: 01/2011


China Initiates Thorium MSR Project

The People's Republic of China has initiated a research and development project in thorium molten-salt reactor technology, it was announced in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) annual conference on Tuesday, January 25. An article in the Wenhui News followed on Wednesday (Google English translation). Chinese researchers also announced this development on the Energy from Thorium Discussion Forum. Led by Dr. Jiang Mianheng, a graduate of Drexel University in electrical engineering, the thorium MSR efforts aims not only to develop the technology but to secure intellectual property rights to its implementation. This may be one of the reasons ...

Spectacular LFTR infographic!

I don't know who generated this graphic, and I would love to know, because I think it's great. WellHome: Thorium, the Next Generation of Nuclear Power? (much of the content I recognize because I wrote it initially in a variety of articles...) Update: I've been contacted by WellHome, and I'm happy to share some information about them with you: WellHome's energy audits help you understand the systems in your home, how these systems function on their own, and how they contribute to your whole house comfort and energy efficiency. By testing your home's air and duct sealing, insulation levels, and more, WellHome can evaluate your home's energy ...

Liquid Fuel Nuclear Reactors

The American Physical Society forum on Physics and Society has just published its quarterly newsletter, containing two articles about nuclear power, including one by Robert Hargraves and Ralph Moir, Liquid Fuel Nuclear Reactors. Today’s familiar pressurized water nuclear reactors use solid fuel -- pellets of uranium dioxide in zirconium fuel rods bundled into fuel assemblies. These assemblies are placed within the reactor vessel under water at 160 atmospheres pressure and a temperature of 330°C. This hot water transfers heat from the fissioning fuel to a steam turbine that spins a generator to make electricity. Alvin Weinberg invented the ...