Immediate investment would enable the UK to benefit from the momentum of its existing accelerator programme to secure a clear world lead in new nuclear technology - the key to a safe, affordable, environmentally-friendly energy future.
The report is produced in association with the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council, 14 scientists and other collaborators who are pushing hard to make it a technology the UK can export in the global marketplace. They predict that UK could receive a massive multi-billion pound export boost if investment in research ensures that the country secures its lead in this new field of thorium energy.
Independent international scientist reviewing the report said:
“now is the right time for the UK to make a well-considered entry into ADSR accelerator technology R&D”
“early investment at this tipping point has a good probability of a high long-term return”
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) included the following statement in the report:
“IAEA warmly welcomes the proposed accelerator driver development programme embodied in the ThorEA project as a positive contribution to the international effort to secure the eventual global deployment of sustainable thorium-fuelled ADSR power generation systems.”
- Alexander Stanculescu, Nuclear Power Technology Development Section, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, September 2009
ThorEA report: Towards An Alternative Nuclear Future (PDF)
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