Now you're cooking with thorium

April 2008
Power;Apr2008, Vol. 152 Issue 4, p44
Trade Publication
The article presents information on Thorium as a nuclear fuel. Since the birth of nuclear power, there has been interest in using thorium for this purpose because it is three times more abundant in Earth's crust than uranium. Russia has had a program to develop a thorium-uranium fuel since the early 1990s. Based at Moscow's Kurchatov Institute, it relies on an American company, Thorium Power, to design fuel for Russian VVR-1000 reactors. Thorium-based fuel cycles have been studied for about 30 years, but on a much smaller scale than uranium or uranium/plutonium cycles. Basic research and development has been conducted in Germany, India, Japan, Russia, Great Britain, and the U.S.


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