The EFT has no section under General Nuclear Discussion for Russia but this item is also Thorium in the News so I put this here I saw on the facebook "Energy from Thorium" page.August 16, 2016 - No. 161 / News in Brief / Research & Development (NucNet):
Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has asked state nuclear corporation Rosatom and the Kurchatov Institute national research centre to prepare a proposal by 1 March 2017 on the prospects for using thorium for nuclear fuel, the Kremlin website said.
Russia's president Vladimir Putin.
The Kremlin said it wanted to establish a “coordinated position” on using thorium. Thorium, a naturally occurring slightly radioactive metal, is more abundant than uranium, and research is being carried out into its potential use in nuclear reactors in a number of countries, notably Russia, China, India, Norway, Canada, the US and Israel.
The thorium fuel cycle has several potential advantages over a uranium fuel cycle, including thorium's greater abundance, superior physical and nuclear properties, better resistance to nuclear weapons proliferation and reduced plutonium and actinide production.
Thorium-based fuels and fuel cycles have been used in the past, but have yet to be commercialised.
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, existing estimates of thorium resources total more than 4.5 million tonnes (reserves and additional resources).
US mining company US Rare Earths has said deposits of highly concentrated thorium in the US would be large enough to supply the power needs of the entire country for centuries using thorium-fuelled [sic] nuclear reactors.
Source: NucNet Editor: David Dalton
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David Dalton left out the Czech Republic working with Japan on the Fuji Molten Salt Reactor.
A lot of things will be happening in March 2017. Not the least of which will be the La Porte, TX, test of the NET Power Allam Cycle oxy-NG scCO2 turbo pilot plant with 100% pipeline-ready liquid CO2 output (plus water) promising first-of-its-kind CCS technology.
"US mining company US Rare Earths has said deposits of highly concentrated thorium in the US would be large enough to supply the power needs of the entire country for centuries using thorium-fueled nuclear reactors."