Thorium: Not a near-term commercial nuclear fuel

  title={Thorium: Not a near-term commercial nuclear fuel},
  author={A. Nelson},
  journal={Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists},
  pages={33 - 44}
  • A. Nelson
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
  • In the wake of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, opinion makers and policy makers, alike, have worked internationally to pique interest in thorium as a possible alternative fuel for commercial nuclear reactors. The key question posed has been: Could a thorium-based fuel provide advantages if deployed in current reactors? A full thorium-driven cycle used to produce and use uranium-233 for power generation has been understood to possess a range of benefits for many… CONTINUE READING
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