[Marxism] Peak oil
schaffer at optonline.net
Mon Oct 10 14:08:55 MDT 2005
Rod Holt wrote:
> But there is no engineering, scientific or technological reason why
> thorium cycle power should be unsafe.
re/ your comments on the thorium cycle and nuke power generally:
o it is still untested in commercial practice, tested in experimental
reactors only so far. i think Russia and maybe China are playing with it.
o nuclear power currently handles electrical power requirements, it has
been estimated that nukes could not handle bulk of non-electrical power
requirements before 2050.
o Thorium 232 is not itself capable of fission with release of excess
neutrons. hence thorium cycle requires that Th fuel undergo enrichment
to uranium 233 via a thermal neutron reactor.
o see http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/TE_1450_web.pdf for
major challenges to the use of Th cycle.
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