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Tuumaenergia / Nuclear energy


Taavi @ 15.01.2012 16:23 | Registreerunud: 01.04.2003

Kirk Sorensen: Thorium, an alternative nuclear fuel


Some benefits of thorium fuel when compared with uranium were summarized as follows:[21]
- Weapons-grade fissionable material (233U) is harder to retrieve safely and clandestinely from a thorium reactor;
- Thorium produces 10 to 10,000 times less long-lived radioactive waste;
- The fissionable thorium cycle uses 100% of the isotope as coming out of the ground, which does not require enrichment, whereas the fissile uranium cycle depends on the only 0.7% fissile U-235 of the natural uranium.
- The same cycle could also use the fissionable U-238 component of the natural uranium, and also contained in the depleted reactor fuel;
- Thorium cannot sustain a nuclear chain reaction without priming [22] so fission stops by default.

WIKI Thorium


Uranium is it a country?!

Taavi @ 22.04.2012 19:45 | Registreerunud: 01.04.2003