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PostPosted: Apr 07, 2009 2:05 pm 
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http://www.defence.pk/forums/world-affairs/24597-indias-nuclear-technology-can-make-richest-nation-world.html#post345121

This article is written by someone who knows of Sorenson, LFTR, etc. It seems accurate to me.


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PostPosted: Apr 08, 2009 2:42 am 
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I wish things were as bright as stated. Thorium fuel requires initial fissile feed as discussed in thread viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1345. With decades long NSG ban and low uranium production, there has been a perpetual shortage of fissile feed for fast/thorium fueled reactors. On research end, of course there are FBTR and KAMINI in operation and PFBR under construction to irradiate thorium in the blanket. There is also a working critical facility for thorium fuel and a design of AHWR awaiting a construction site. Current program is to continue with FBRs to create U-233 for three decades to provide fissile feed to thorium fuel in power reactors. I hope some bright ideas come up to expedite matters.


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PostPosted: Apr 08, 2009 6:26 am 
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Actually, when the world starts using Thorium / U238 reactors for energy, poverty will rapidly disappear. There will be no bother about wondering which is the richest country. The vast Thorium reserves of India do not confer any special status on India.

There are three questions before any country for converting to Th/U238 reactors

1) Does it have the sufficient technical expertise to build the reactors ?
2) Does it have sufficient capital to cover the construction costs ?
3) Does it have sufficient fissile material to kick-start the process ?

With respect to India, the answer was "no" for all the three questions. Now, the answer to only the 3rd question remains "no", the first two requirements are almost satisfied.

There are several countries which can confidently answer "yes" for all the three questions. But still decide to not build Th/U238 reactors. That is because they have alternative considerations, and probably they have good reasons to like the current hydrocarbon energy infrastructure.


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