Turkey has vast Thorium reserves and a growing interest has been noticed over the years. Now, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey has concluded: Turkey is preparing to establish a thorium-based low power, breeder-type fast spectrum prototype reactor.
Copenhagen Atomics, a Danish TMSR technology start-up, did a live presentation of their molten salt loop in November 2017 and this has now been made available for everyone to see. "... you have the possibility of having a really rapid prototyping period where you can run experiments, learn from your mistakes and build new, better and safer reactors."
This is the first time industrial-type ThMox pellets have been fabricated and irradiated with a focus on commercial deployment. The thorium oxide was provided by Solvay. "Through this loading of fuel in Halden, we have reached a major milestone and an important stepping stone towards commercial approval for thorium based fuels in existing light water reactors (LWRs). "
Acting Deputy Secretary of Energy, Ed McGinnis (middle) with Mr Zulnahar Usman (right of McGinnis) and writer (left of McGinnis) — far left Lars Jorgensen, CEO Thorcon USA — far right, Tom Blees,US Nuclear think tank.
One of the companies that showed up to present an energy solution to the Indonesian government was ThorCon Power. Everybody was ‘flabbergasted’ when ThorCon CEO Lars Jorgensen explained how the price of electricity could be cheaper than coal, and that they could develop, test, license and start operating commercially in under 6 years.
Thorium is becoming a hot topic! With an ever growing line-up of developers, countries with a thorium policy, and supporters, it is fitting that the next conference is in the heart of European energy policy, Brussels. There, the world leaders will present their plans and latest developments. Save the dates (29-31 Oct 2018) and get your ticket today!