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PostPosted: Sep 25, 2014 3:58 pm 

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Technology revolution in nuclear power could slash costs below coal

"The Alvin Weinberg Foundation in London is tracking seven proposals across the world for molten salt reactors (MSRs) rather than relying on solid uranium fuel. Unlike conventional reactors, these operate at atmospheric pressure. They do not need vast reinforced domes. There is no risk of blowing off the top.

The reactors are more efficient. They burn up 30 times as much of the nuclear fuel and can run off spent fuel. The molten salt is inert so that even if there is a leak, it cools and solidifies. The fission process stops automatically in an accident. There can be no chain-reaction, and therefore no possible disaster along the lines of Chernobyl or Fukushima. That at least is the claim."

"A global race is under way, with the Chinese trying everything at the Shanghai Institute of Nuclear and Applied Physics, reportedly working under “warlike” pressure. They have brought forward their target date for a fully-functioning molten salt reactor - using thorium - from 25 to 10 years." ... -coal.html

PostPosted: Sep 25, 2014 7:34 pm 
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What is difficult to understand is how the West continues to misunderstand thermodynamics, economics, and nuclear power. We really are irrational about energy.

PostPosted: Sep 26, 2014 12:34 am 

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Development of molten salt reactors could take considerable time. Till then thorium could be used in LWR fuel to create U-233.

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