Molten salt reactors (MSRs) are by many seen as the ultimate thorium reactor. As several member countries have expressed their MSR interest to the IAEA, it has now decided to provide an international MSR specific platform to foster development. We are witnessing a growing understanding by people who are concerned about energy that nuclear will be a key player in our future energy mix and that nuclear as we know it can transform through development into an attractive energy source. As more people ask their countries to do the right thing, we are sure that more countries will join the international movement to develop a thorium based energy future. If MSR will be the winning technology platform, remains to be seen.
Stefano Monti, Head of the Nuclear Power Development Section at the IAEA, talks about nuclear.
How can we provide everyone on earth with affordable energy without contributing to climate change? Our options are limited and many of them come with great challenges, contain uncertainties and even force us to make sacrifices. This video shows how the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory, made experiments back in 1969, and believed they could do just that - providing affordable clean energy to everyone on Earth - with thorium in a molten salt reactor.
Vladimir Putin - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009
As per an order from President Putin, the leading Russian nuclear institutions Rosatom and Kurchatov will make a proposal on how to use Thorium while Rosatom will develop a procedure to extract and handle Thorium from Rare Earths production. Is this the beginning of a long term Thorium plan for Russia?
India, with the help of the United States, ventures to build the world’s first Thorium Accelerator Driven System, the IADS. Dr Anil Kakodkar, former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India called this a mega science project, a "necessity" for humankind. The IADS is only one out of three different Thorium reactors the country is developing, all aimed at making use of the immense indigenous energy resource the country has available in Thorium.
From left: Book cover, Egil Lillestol, Jean-Christophe de Mestral, Jean-Pierre Revol, Ulla Tihinen, Carlo Rubbia (background), Christian Caron, Maurice Bourquin and Andreas Norlin
The ThEC13 in Geneva contributions from the world’s leading experts on thorium have now been compiled into a book. It is a unique collection of information of an energy source that can provide abundant, reliable and safe energy with no CO2 production, no air pollution, and minimal waste production. Hence the name: Thorium Energy for the World.
The book is now available for purchase at: