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Eleven reasons to switch to Thorium based Nuclear Power generation « Len Bilen’s Blog

October 4, 2013

The Invisible Opportunity: Hidden Truths Revealed

1. Cheap and unlimited raw material.

There is enough Thorium around for many millennia, and not only that, it is a byproduct of mining heavy metals and rare earth metals The price is the cost of refining it, about $40/Kg.

2. 0.01% waste products compared to a Uranium fast breeder.

The Thorium process has a much higher efficiency in fission than the Uranium process. See the figure below.

Note the Plutonium in the Thorium cycle is Pu-238, which is in high demand.

3. Radioactive waste lasts max 300 years instead of a million years.

Initially a Thorium reactor produces as much radioactivity as other nuclear reactors, since that is what generates the heat by converting mass to heat, but the decay products have a much shorter half-life. See the figure below.

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