E.ON pulls out of new nuclear in the UK

For several years, the United Kingdom has been planning for the deployment of up to 12 new nuclear reactors to replace the advanced gas-cooled reactors that will be shut down over the next 12 years. To that end, eight sites were identified around England and Wales that would be permitted to host new nuclear plants. Each of these sites has or has had a nuclear reactor there previously. Several consortia of utilities and vendors formed to develop new reactors at each of these sites, and one of them, Horizon Nuclear Power, was a joint venture of the German utility E.ON and ...

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New Parliamentary Group Formed to Consider Thorium

Last year, I travelled to London to participate in the kickoff of the Weinberg Foundation, an advocacy group for thorium energy. I am pleased to announce with them the formation of an "All-Party Parliamentary Group" or APPG that contains members of both the House of Commons and House of Lords, to consider the potential of thorium as an energy source. This is a press release from the Weinberg Foundation that was issued today. Press contact details are included below. Safer, cleaner nuclear alternative tops the agenda for new All-Party Parliamentary Group on ...

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Thorium Discussion in the House of Lords

The question was asked by Baroness Angela Smith of Basildon, and the government's response was given by Lord Marland of Odstock, who is Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Keep reading...

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A Review of Presidential Energy Policy

A new presidential speech on energy policy means it's time again to trot out this historic overview of the subject: The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c

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Sorensen Rebuttal of IEER/PSR Thorium Paper

Several people who have recently learned about thorium have contacted me with regards to a "fact sheet" about thorium issued by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) and Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) called "Thorium Fuel: No Panacea for Nuclear Power." The authors of this sheet were Arjun Makhijani and Michele Boyd. Last year, Dr. Alexander Cannara wrote a letter to IEER/PSR pointing out errors and omissions in the "fact sheet" and requesting IEER/PSR to implement corrections. To the best of my knowledge no amendment or correction was ...

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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard tells the Financial World about Thorium

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: Safe nuclear does exist, and China is leading the way with thorium Welcome Telegraph readers!

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1962 AEC Report to Kennedy on Nuclear Power

In trying to answer the persistent question about LFTRs: "why wasn't this done before?" I've obtained a report from 1962 made to President Kennedy where future development options for nuclear power were laid before him. Alvin Weinberg specifically references this report in his 1994 memoir ("First Nuclear Era") and goes on to say that it recommends both the plutonium fast-breeder reactor and the liquid-fluoride thorium reactor as technologies that should be developed. Here's what Weinberg had to say in his book: "Until then I had never quite appreciated the full signific...

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Why we need a Small Rugged Reactor…

This is why: Militants in Pakistan attacked a fuel supply convoy yesterday, killing at least four, that was bound for US military facilities inside Afghanistan. Twelve tankers were set ablaze and crews struggled throughout the night to put out the fire. What does this have to do with thorium or LFTR? A small rugged LFTR could provide electrical energy to these bases in Afghanistan that currently rely on shipments of vulnerable petroleum. Furthermore, the high-temperature capabilities of LFTR mean that we could also synthesize hydrocarbons to fuel vehicles on site, ...

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Doing Our Part to Reduce the Deficit

The United States is facing a budget deficit of $1.5 trillion this year, and the new Republican-led House of Representatives (where spending originates in the US government) is looking for ways to save money. We in the thorium community have a significant idea for how the government can save $500 million dollars accelerate the development of LFTR help NASA explore deep space save thousands of lives from cancer It's pretty simple--cancel the Department of Energy's plan to destroy the uranium-233 stored at Oak Ridge National Lab. For over ten years, the ...

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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 intell...

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