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PostSubject: Thorium, molten salt reactor.   Sun 25 Feb 2018, 19:55

For Tasneem Khan the specialist in these matters.

Last week when I was still better and recovering from my sepsys, I saw a documentary on ARTE about a seemingly controversial discussion about nuclear power and intrigues in the US from the Republicans., the army lobby and all that.
Perhaps as Tas lived in Germany and Nielsen who understands German, I found the documentary in German with German subtitles to easier understand it. The French version that I sas is in French but without French subtitles for instance for Meles meles.
At the end it came again to what to believe from the two sides the pros or the contras, as I mentioned about my thread in Priscilla's benefits about the good and the bad in the Syrian/Iraq civil war.






 
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PostSubject: Re: Thorium, molten salt reactor.   Sun 25 Feb 2018, 20:11

Addendum to the previous.

First for those interested and knowledgeable enough: what is a molten salt reactor and seemingly from the pro camp:



 https://www.zmescience.com/ecology/what-is-molten-salt-reactor-424343/
https://eic.rsc.org/feature/is-thorium-the-perfect-fuel/2000092.article


From this article:
" The development of LFTRs was soon mothballed because they did not produce very much of the plutonium required to feed the nuclear arms race between the US and the USSR. A LFTR has never been used commercially. Instead, the pressurised water reactor (PWR) was widely adopted. This type of reactor produces plutonium and was also a more natural evolution of the nuclear weapons research undertaken as part of the US-led Manhattan Project during the second world war and for the power plant in the first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus, commissioned in 1954."

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PostSubject: Re: Thorium, molten salt reactor.   Sun 25 Feb 2018, 20:36

Addendum to the previous message.


And now about the controversy.

Contra:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/jun/23/thorium-nuclear-uranium



Reasons:
Why the molten salt reactor was not developed by the USA?

http://moltensalt.org/references/static/downloads/pdf/WhyMSRsAbandonedORNLWeinbergsFiringV3.pdf

From the article:
The Molten Salt researchres in the early 1990s said something cryptic like:
"There were no technical reasons why the MRS was not pursued"
Dr Alvin Weinberg: "The first nuclear era" in 1994 on page 200:
Already 18 years director fired in 1972 for advocating the MSR instead of the Republican Party selected Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_M._Weinberg




The Chinese are for the moment doing intense reasearch and new MSR instalations. I saw in the ARTE documentary that even retired Chinese professors came back from retirement to help to fasten the development of the MSR.
https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/12/china-spending-us3-3-billion-on-molten-salt-nuclear-reactors-for-faster-aircraft-carriers-and-in-flying-drones.html

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