Thorium: An energy source for the world of tomorrow
Centro Studi e Ricerche “Enrico Fermi” Roma, Italy
International Thorium Energy Committee (iThEC) - Geneva, Switzerland
Published online: 27 August 2015
To meet the tremendous world energy needs, systematic R&D has to be pursued to replace fossil fuels. Nuclear energy, which produces no green house gases and no air pollution, should be a leading candidate. How nuclear energy, based on thorium rather than uranium, could be an acceptable solution is discussed. Thorium can be used both to produce energy and to destroy nuclear waste. The thorium conference, organized by iThEC at CERN in October 2013, has shown that thorium is seriously considered by some major developing countries as a key element of their energy strategy. However, developed countries do not seem to move fast enough in that direction, while global cooperation is highly desirable in this domain. Thorium is not fissile. Various possible ways of using thorium will be reviewed. However, an elegant option is to drive an “Accelerator Driven System (ADS)” with a proton accelerator, as suggested by Nobel Prize laureate Carlo Rubbia .
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