Posts tagged “thorium”
9/16/11 Update: New story from Wired — Thorium potential ‘overstated’ says government report
Following last week’s R-Squared Energy TV episode that discussed thorium nuclear reactors, there were a number of comments and emails from readers that added a lot of clarity to the discussion. I want to highlight some of those comments, because as I had indicated that was definitely outside of my area of expertise.
My general feeling is that there are some technical challenges that have been downplayed, and I compared the situation to that of hemp. Advocates of hemp for fuel frequently suggest that were it not for government regulations against it, hemp could be a major raw material for biofuels for the U.S. My comment to that is always that hemp is legal to grow in many countries, and yet is not utilized in those countries for biofuels. Thus, there are challenges regarding hemp other than simply government regulations against it.
Nevertheless, many readers provided very good complementary information on the topic of thorium reactors, and I share three of those comments and one email below. CONTINUE»