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:
The US Nuclear Regulatory Committee has historically been the global gold standard for effective and comprehensive regulation. But, with several developers around the world moving ahead with reactor types that the NRC licensing is simply not capable of handling, this position has changed. Take NuScale as an example. They are now about 15 years in the process with over $1 billion spent, and its small modular reactor (SMR) design is not yet approved nor expected to before 2017. And the NuScale SMR is a light water reactor design, a reactor type NRC is familiar with.
The new Thorium Remix by Gordon McDowell is now out and free to watch on YouTube. We chose to feature it as a full screen landing page because it shows very well what contribution a single person with a keen interest can make, great job Gordon! At 2 hours it is quite a lengthy piece of material. Just like Kirk Sorensen has done before, it uses space exploration in an interesting way to make the point that the Thorium Molten Salt Reactor is the best energy option we know exists today.
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