• Affordable

    Thorium is one of the most energy-dense elements found in nature spread over all the continents in large quantities. Abundant and efficient, can Thorium offer an affordable energy source?

  • Safe

    Are there safe methods of using Thorium with no risk of meltdowns or explosions? Can Thorium also be proliferation resistant?

  • Proven

    Research into the use of Thorium started in the 1960’s in the US government's atomic lab. Was it already then proven as a superior fuel?

  • Clean

    Reactors fuelled by Thorium create zero-emission energy. Is a drastic waste reduction in both amount and lifetime enough?

  • Sustainable

    If affordable, safe and clean, does Thorium offer a sustainable solution to the world’s energy problem?

  • Conference

    Turning Talk into Action! The best and brightest speakers in the field in a world class location – was ThEC13 in Geneva at CERN unique or can we build on it?

News

World Thorium Resources

Thorium is one of the essential resources being researched and explored for a sustainable solution to the world’s energy situation. A responsible and well-structured approach to measuring and estimating these resources, therefore, becomes very important. While demand for thorium is expected to see a rise in the foreseeable future, at the present, there is a wide variation in both sources and estimates that are available worldwide. Estimates and numbers suffer from inconsistent measurement methods and a lack of an international standard.

Click on the Th Resources image above or here to get to the Thorium Resource Page for more information.

Thorium: An Alternative for Nuclear Energy?

The question is raised by no other than Uranium Investing News, which is a part of Investing News Network (INN), a rapidly growing network of focused publications targeted at investors.

Questions and Answers on Thorium

The Engineer recently asked its readers to submit questions for an expert panel. They have now published the answers to a wide variety of questions like:

Do you see thorium reactors as a long-term solution to our energy needs or as more of a stop-gap until a cleaner/more affordable technology comes along?

Could thorium-fuelled reactors use nuclear waste in their fuel?

India set to Close the Cycle

Most countries have today changed from the closed fuel cycle path to the once-through, open fuel cycle. India, however, is not only aiming for a closed fuel cycle but one based on Thorium for long-term domestic fuel supply. This is a huge and in many ways unique undertaking.

Reuters: U.S. and China Collaborate on Thorium

Reuters has published a ’Special Report’ called ’The U-S- government lab behind China’s nuclear power push’, which looks at the ongoing research on thorium, where U.S. and China collaborate.

The Future of Energy, Nuclear and a Touch of Thorium

The Nobel Week Dialogue is an open, cross-disciplinary meeting, bringing together a unique constellation of Nobel Laureates, world-leading scientists, policy makers and thought leaders focused on Exploring the Future of Energy. Topics include renewables, nuclear energy, fossil fuels and climate change. The event took place the day before the award ceremony for the 2013 Nobel Prize winners.

Areva and Solvay Join Forces to Thorify

Thorium is not new for Areva. Indeed, it has researched Thorium fuels since the 1970’s. Now, Areva has joined forces with the Belgian chemical company Solvay on an R&D programme focused on medium-term Thorium valorization in nuclear power, geared towards first phase of fuel development with irradiation by 2020.

Mr. Thierry Delloye from Solvay and Mr. Luc Van Den Durpel from Areva at ThEC13 in Geneva.

BBC News on Thorium

A recent BBC News report provides a good overview of the current status in thorium research as a nuclear fuel, views of its supporters and voices of criticism.



Videos from BBC can be reached by clicking on the images above.

Thorium: In Search of a Global Solution

The CERN Bulletin has an article called “Thorium: In Serach of a Global Solution” that discusses ThEC13, ADS technology with Jean-Pierre Revol and Thorium with world famous Hans Blix in a video.

Hans Blix in an interview at ThEC13 on Thorium Energy.

Sunniva Rose Loves Thorium

Sunniva Rose gives a presentation at TEDxOslo titled “How bad is it really? Facts and feelings about nuclear power” which focuses on her favorite element: Thorium.

How bad is it really? Facts and feelings about nuclear power by Sunniva Rose at TEDxOslo