This website, Thorium Australia, is a centralised resource established for the discussion of how thorium based power generation can be harnessed to Australia’s advantage.
Whether you are a concerned or interested Australian, a student, a politician, an entrepreneur, or a business development manager of a thorium related company, Thorium Australia serves to help you.
Problems facing Australia
Two major problems facing Australia and the world, are:
- global warming,
- the energy crisis, and
- our reluctance to adopt uranium nuclear fission reactor technology.
Global warming is debated by many, although there is no doubt that fossil fuels are finite. As alternative energy sources are developed and adopted, there is less demand for fossil fuels. However, there will be a significant amount of time before alternative energy sources can power Australia. Base load supply is a largely unconsidered topic amongst Australians when claiming we don’t need to use fossil fuels.
Then there is the nuclear debate. Uranium nuclear fission reactors would do well to power Australia as a base load electricity supply, solve our future energy crisis (as we have an abundance of uranium), and go a significant way toward making us a sustainable nation. Unfortunately, since many Australians are scared of uranium disasters, our leaders of the nation state very clear ‘anti-nuclear’ power generation policies as a way to win their next vote.
The thorium solution to them all
There is a solution to all of these problems that face Australia – using thorium as a nuclear fuel to generate power. Australia has an abundance of thorium, isn’t prone to ‘meltdown’ issues such as with uranium fission reactors. Even better, in the event of an unlikely disaster the radioactive waste is barely harmful in comparison to uranium, and has a significantly shorter half-life. It’s also a proven clean technology, with prototype thorium power generators having been built decades ago. The process of producing power from thorium can also burn up old uranium waste and weapons rather than needing to store the harmful material, although thorium waste itself cannot be weaponised.
Why we don’t already use thorium
So why aren’t other countries around the world already using thorium to generate power? The following are all potential reasons:
- They don’t have an abundance of thorium like we do,
- They opted to use uranium fission reactors so as to gain the accidental convenience of producing powerful nuclear weapons,
- They didn’t want to invest in developing the technology for themselves when uranium fission reactors can be purchased ‘off-the-shelf’, and/or
- The general population of the nation is not satisfactorily educated on the topic of thorium power generation.
Mission Statement of Thorium Australia
Thorium Australia exists to:
- Promote awareness, and bring thorium power generation to the forefront of discussion amongst Australians,
- Be a main resource of factual information useful for the discussion of thorium power generation in Australia,
- Bridge the gap between Australia’s needs, and local and international companies that could assist in delivering a thorium power generation solution, and
- Fostering the development of a thorium power generation industry in Australia.
The legal notice of Thorium Australia can be found here.