With concern about global climate change and oil prices both peaking, people are looking for alternatives. Wind and solar are possibilities, but have problems with inconsistency. Traditional nuclear reactors are a proven technology but have perceptual problems with safety and waste products.
The Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor has the potential to create a safer and less expensive nuclear technology for generating electricity. The promise is expressed in this video:
The following video is a compression of several longer videos on LFTR technology:
Here is one of the long versions if you seek completeness:
This article presents an interesting statistic:
A summary of how this technology works: 1) You start with a fluoride salt. In this reactor it will be heated so much that it melts. 2) You dissolve thorium fluoride in the liquid salt. 3) Thorium-232 absobs neutrons and turns info Uranium-233. 4) The Uranium-233 fissions and produces heat plus more neutrons.
The fission products are relatively benign and short-lived compared to those of a traditional reactor.
Advantages include: 1) There is no pressure - unlike traditional nuclear reactors which contain high pressue steam. So the reactor cannot explode. 2) The fuel does not need to be shaped into pellets 3) The reactor can add fuel and remove waste at any time 4) There are no weapon-grade materials involved 5) Thorium is abundant and most of it is used up in the reaction