Will this lead into Turkey being the next country with a national thorium energy program up and running?
The Turkish Energy Foundation TENVA published a report on Thorium opportunities in Turkey in February 2015, which has now been translated and published in English. The report discusses thorium as a solution to the country’s chronic energy problem and sketches a framework of a national thorium energy strategy. “The main concern of the report is how thorium can be transformed into an active aspect of national welfare, security, and international cooperation”, says one of the authors Serhan Ünal.
Should Turkey with its vast Thorium resources enter the race?
Considering Turkey’s vast thorium reserves, the report suggests that Turkey should develop its thorium capabilities in the fields of administration, human capital, and physical infrastructure. The ultimate physical investment is foreseen as a thorium reactor constructed with national technology. According to the Turkish Energy Foundation, Turkey must enter the ‘thorium race’ as soon as possible to develop a technology that may provide a solution to its own and the world’s energy problems.
“Turkey’s weaknesses in thorium are unrealistic public opinion, bureaucratic hardships, and irregular R&D processes”, says Ünal. The authors were pleased that thorium now has a place in the 2015-2019 Strategic Plan of the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. Will this lead into Turkey being the next country with a national thorium energy program up and running?
We will hear more about the Turkish efforts at ThEC15, where the governement representative from Energy and and Natural Resources Mr. Görkem Güngör will talk about Thorium research and development in Turkey.
Read the full report here: Thorium in Turkey: Opportunities in Energy, Economy and Politics