These were similar to the reactor designs that produced material for nuclear weapons. During that period, the government of the United States also built an experimental molten salt reactor using U fuel, the fissile material created by bombarding thorium with neutrons.
We're having a debate. The debate is over the proposition: And before we have the debate, I'd like to actually take a show of hands — on balance, right now, are you for or against this? So those who are "yes," raise your hand. Those who are against, raise your hands. Okay, I'm reading that at about 75 to 25 in favor at the start.
Which means we're going to take a vote at the end and see how that shifts, if at all. So here's the format: They're going to have six minutes each, and then after one little, quick exchange between them, I want two people on each side of this debate in the audience to have 30 seconds to make one short, crisp, pungent, powerful point.
So, in favor of the proposition, possibly shockingly, is one of, truly, the founders of the environmental movement, a long-standing TEDster, the founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, someone we all know and love, Stewart Brand. Applause The saying is that with climate, those who know the most are the most worried.
With nuclear, those who know the most are the least worried. A classic example is James Hansen, a NASA climatologist pushing for parts per million carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
He came out with a wonderful book recently called "Storms of My Grandchildren. This is the design situation: Look at the client base for this. Five out of six of us live in the developing world. We are moving to cities. We are moving up in the world.
And we are educating our kids, having fewer kids, basically good news all around. But we move to cities, toward the bright lights, and one of the things that is there that we want, besides jobs, is electricity.
And if it isn't easily gotten, we'll go ahead and steal it. This is one of the most desired things by poor people all over the world, in the cities and in the countryside.
Electricity for cities, at its best, is what's called baseload electricity.
Mar 25, · Bill Gates talks about the future of energy usage and his investments in alternatives to fossil fuels. He speaks with WSJ's Alan Murray at the ECO:nomics conference. Don’t miss a . Energy From Thorium is an educational site explaining the benefits of thorium as a natural, abundant fuel efficiently utilized by liquid . Thorium is much more abundant in nature than uranium. Thorium can be used as a nuclear fuel through breeding to uranium (U). When this thorium fuel cycle is used, much less plutonium and other transuranic elements are produced, compared with uranium fuel cycles. Several thorium-fuelled reactor concepts are under consideration.
That's where it is on all the time. And so far there are only three major sources of that — coal and gas, hydro-electric, which in most places is maxed-out — and nuclear.
I would love to have something in the fourth place here, but in terms of constant, clean, scalable energy, [solar] and wind and the other renewables aren't there yet because they're inconstant.
Nuclear is and has been for 40 years. Now, from an environmental standpoint, the main thing you want to look at is what happens to the waste from nuclear and from coal, the two major sources of electricity. If all of your electricity in your lifetime came from nuclear, the waste from that lifetime of electricity would go in a Coke can — a pretty heavy Coke can, about two pounds.
But one day of coal adds up to one hell of a lot of carbon dioxide in a normal one-gigawatt coal-fired plant. Then what happens to the waste? The nuclear waste typically goes into a dry cask storage out back of the parking lot at the reactor site because most places don't have underground storage yet.
It's just as well, because it can stay where it is.
While the carbon dioxide, vast quantities of it, gigatons, goes into the atmosphere where we can't get it back — yet — and where it is causing the problems that we're most concerned about. So when you add up the greenhouse gases in the lifetime of these various energy sources, nuclear is down there with wind and hydro, below solar and way below, obviously, all the fossil fuels.
Wind is wonderful; I love wind.Thorium Energy Conference will be held in Brussels, Europe on the of October The Belgian Nuclear Institute is the place for ongoing Thorium research and future home of the first of its kind MYRRHA experiment reactor.
The Dutch Nuclear Institute is now testing Thorium Molten Salts in its test reactor with plans to build an. The element thorium, which many regard as a potential nuclear "wonder-fuel", could be a greater proliferation threat than previously thought, scientists have warned.
The only thing that can surpass a big nuclear plant in energy output is a hydropower dam of epic proportions – like the record-breaking Itaipu dam on the border of Brazil and Paraguay, which produces almost 20% worth of Brazil’s entire electricity leslutinsduphoenix.com biggest dams in the world (Itaipu and Three Gorges) produce only twice as much electricity each as the existing largest nuclear power.
Thorium Plasma Batteries proponents have violated the scientific method at every turn. Researchers, and even journalists, usually do a “review of the literature” before embarking on . TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript: Nuclear power: the energy crisis has even die-hard environmentalists reconsidering it.
In this first-ever TED debate, Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson square off over the pros and cons. A discussion that'll make you think -- and might even change your mind. Below you will find a nuclear energy pros and cons list, which covers the most important aspects of typical nuclear power plants.
There are commercial nuclear power plants in the United States producing a whopping TWh of electricity, in other words about 20 % of the entire electricity generation ().