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#1 Dallas Racer

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Posted 14 October 2020 - 05:54 PM

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Posted 15 October 2020 - 08:44 AM

I have read good stuff about Liquid Thorium Reactors a much newer technology that appears to do away with much of the negative consequences of the WW2 era uranium solid  reactors


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Posted 15 October 2020 - 02:18 PM

Here's a channel of a nuclear science professor teaching nuclear and other energy technologies in a clear manner.

 

This video has audio problems but is very interesting in what probably will be the next step with nuclear electric generation....

 


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Posted 15 October 2020 - 09:42 PM

I'm actually in favor of nuclear power. Considering there are 440 nuclear plants in operation world wide, I don't think the track record is all that bad. We have and will continue to get better and better at it.

 

Current plants: https://en.wikipedia...uclear_reactors

 

Disasters: https://en.wikipedia...dents_and_sites


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Posted 16 October 2020 - 12:53 AM

The first utility to embrace LFTR, liquid fluoride thorium reactors, will own the rest. Southern Company comes to mind.


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Posted 16 October 2020 - 08:31 AM

The first utility to embrace LFTR, liquid fluoride thorium reactors, will own the rest. Southern Company comes to mind.

when i first learned of Thorium reactors i breathed a sigh of relief..."there is an answer"...we always assume nuclear engineering types to be very informed..but if you look into the English air cooled reactor a mistake was made in calculating the breakdown decay of elements and although there were thousands of fin cooling on slugs of material each one had to be reduced in thickness about an eighth of an inch ..they used wood planes to do it lol


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Posted 16 October 2020 - 11:17 AM

The biggest limitation to nuclear generation of electricity isn't the environmental concerns it's the legal liabilities in case of an accident. The "big money" doesn't want to put their resources into a "thing" where they can be wiped-out very quickly and since the Gov'ment isn't backing any nukes there'll be no new money going towards it.

 

"Follow the money" and you will see where the future is because that's where the "resources" are being placed and when those "resources" are as big as they are there will be results.

 

Ultimately, nuclear generation needs to be further promoted since solar & wind cannot make "base-line" generation.


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Posted 16 October 2020 - 01:34 PM

Thorium has some issues still to be solved but not insurmountable...thorium fails safe meaning it becomes liquid at 600 degrees and if reaction fails it turns solid effectively stopping itself currently one option is scaled down to tractor trailer size..solid uranium works at 3000PSI and its cooling has always been an issue..in other words one has to keep one under control and the other will simply STOP itself


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Posted 17 October 2020 - 12:29 PM

It appears that thorium reactors have been in development since the '50s. They sound great but who knows when they'll actually be online.

 

https://en.wikipedia...ctor#Background


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Posted 19 October 2020 - 12:53 AM

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