Dec 10 2012

First Monthly EFTF Science On-Air Hangout! With Robert Hargraves PhD

Thorium Australia is pleased to advertise a new initiative from the Energy From Thorium Foundation (EFTF). They will host a monthly On-Air Hangout with Scientists in the community. Robert Hargraves the author of ‘Thorium: Energy Cheaper Than Coal’ will be the esteemed guest for the first one on December 28th, 10:00am (UTC+9:30).

Here are some quotes about Robert Hargraves’ book:

This book presents a lucid explanation of the workings of thorium-based reactors. It is must reading for anyone interested in our energy future. Leon Cooper, 1972 Nobel laureate for superconductivity

As our energy future is essential I can strongly recommend the book for everybody interested in this most significant topic. George Olah, 1994 Nobel laureate for carbon chemistry

Website: http://www.thoriumenergycheaperthancoal.com/

Nov 07 2012

Help required to launch the Zero Carbon Options report for South Australia

Aug 30 2012

Thorium poster

I’m not sure who authored this poster but thought it was well created and therefore would like to publish it. If anyone knows, please let me know by commenting below.

Jun 02 2012

New email subscription system

Thorium Australia has moved to a better, more simple email subscription system.  If you would like to continue receiving updates via email, please visit the site to resubscribe.  Apologies for the inconvenience.

May 31 2012

“What about a nuclear reactor in the backyard”

Please see a post on the Decarbonise SA website, an excellent opportunity for people in Adelaide to hear from four experts with four unique perspectives on nuclear power generation.

Mar 28 2012

Sign the petition for thorium power generation in Australia

http://www.communityrun.org/petitions/thorium-power-generation

Nov 03 2011

Dear 2050

What I’ve submitted to the 2050 time capsule at GetUp! regarding our new Clean Energy Bill.

Dear 2050,
Only now in the year 2011, are we making polluters pay. I don’t think people will stop polluting, and wind, solar, and geothermal technologies are only going to get us so far. They’ve contributed to a great change to Australia’s carbon emissions, although I recognise that we need something a lot more powerful that takes up a lot less space, and requiring a lot less electricity infrastructure, producing the electricity where we need it most – in our cities. I’m advocating for our Government to spend the money on helping the world develop the liquid fluoride thorium nuclear reactor. It has all the benefits of uranium nuclear power that too many people are afraid of to vote for it to be used in Australia, but solves 99.9% of the problems. I hope that the LFTR is operational in Australia by 2050, and also that significant developments have been made toward nuclear fusion.

Nov 03 2011

Decarbonise SA hits Facebook

If supporting Thorium Australia on Facebook, please take the time to also support Decarbonise SA on Facebook.

Nov 02 2011

India announces plans for a thorium plant

Ratan Kumar Sinha, the director of the BARC

Ratan Kumar Sinha, the director of the BARC, taken from www.barc.ernet.in

The Guardian has published an article about an interview with Ratan Kumar Sinha, the director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), and how the 300 MW thorium fuelled AHWR (Advanced Heavy Water Reactor) is expected to be completed by the end of the decade .

This is part of India’s three stage nuclear power programme, which recognises how India, much like Australia, possesses large quantities of thorium, and is therefore a sensible, economical, and environmentally friendly option worthy of research, development, and commercialisation .

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Nov 01 2011

Why we haven’t used thorium for power generation… yet

I just read a great article by Kirk Sorensen on the Energy From Thorium site about his presentation that he gave on October 10th at ThEC2011 (Thorium Energy Conference 2011).  It is something not yet been fully addressed on Thorium Australia’s FAQ page because I hadn’t come across such a good summary yet.

I’d encourage people to read the full article, although Kirk did provide a quick summary of his observations about why thorium nuclear power didn’t prevail in the 1970′s prototyping and commercialisation of nuclear power technologies:

The USAEC saw plutonium as a “sure bet” in a breeder reactor, but thorium was more uncertain (but proven in the end at Shippingport). They invested early and heavily in the liquid-metal fast-breeder reactor (LMFBR) despite failures and meltdowns. Industry got involved with $200M in investment In June 1971, Nixon announced that the fast breeder was US policy, and he saw it as a strategy for energy independence. Weinberg was fired and the MSRP was cancelled. Ford cancelled fuel processing and Carter extended the policy. Without fuel reprocessing and plutonium extraction, the plutonium fast-breeder was non-viable. No one in DC revisited the decision to cancel the MSR program. The team disbanded and dispersed; the knowledge was lost; and MSR technology was wrongly considered a failure for many years.

In Kirk’s presentation, he includes a link to a YouTube video, also shown below.  When playing, skip to the 8:40 mark, and you’ll see President Nixon in 1971 announce:

… the United States is going to go forward in building a breeder reactor. Now don’t ask me what a breeder reactor is, ask Dr Slazenger, but don’t tell him not to tell ya, because, unless you’re one of those PhD’s you won’t understand it either, but what I do know is this. That here we have the potentiality of a whole new breakthrough….

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