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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kent Sorensen on Liquid Flouride Thorium Reactors

A liquid flouride thorium reactor, also called a molten salt reactor, is safer and more efficient than the pressurized water reactors we are using now. If we want to avoid more Fukishima's then this is the way to go.

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Here is a video by Thorium Nuclear "crusader" Kirk Sorensen on the intriguing aspects of that potential global energy source. It is a long video (1:37:00) but is well worth the time. The first few minutes (8 or so) of the video are summary cuts of the formal presentation so you can watch that and it may whet your appetite for knowledge. Many peripheral issues come up such as the Fukishima nuclear melt down, general safety designs, Chernobyl, climate change, atmospheric carbon, water desalinization, effects of radiation on our bodies and of course politics...

Below is a schematic of a LFTR (Liquid fluoride thorium reactor) or Molten Salt Reactor. Salt stays in liquid over a wide range of temperature (1000° degrees) versus only 100°C for water. Molten Salt reactors would also run at a low pressure. The bottomline is that using salt and eliminating pressurized water in a reactor makes them much safer.

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