Atomic thorium car will be refueled 1 time in 100 years - VIDEO PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:37
Today, on the roads of the planet goes over one billion cars, which directly or indirectly are trillions of dollars in material resources, time and toxic emissions. Now imagine that all these machines can work completely environmentally friendly in the 100 years of only 8 grams of fuel each. The company Laser Power Systems (LPS) from Connecticut is developing a new propulsion system that uses one of the densest material known in nature: thorium. Because he has extraordinary density of thorium can produce an incredible amount of heat. The company is currently experimenting with small pieces of material, able to create a laser beam that heats water and generates steam rotates the mini turbine. The current model of the thorium engine weighs 200 kilograms and fits easily under the hood of a conventional car. And according to experts, only one gram of thorium containing more energy than 28 thoUSAnd liters of gasoline, and 8 grams of the substance will fuel a normal car for a century. According to the expert Robert Hargraves, "sources of energy with low or zero CO2 emissions should be cheaper than coal, or they will fail in their attempt to replace fossil fuels." For example, the US consumes 20 percent of the world's energy and, according to Hargraves, even if lower their CO2 emissions to zero, 80 percent produced by other countries, continues to be a problem. Since carbon dioxide emissions already passes all bounds, we urgently need non-trivial ideas. A thorium in this case can be on top, and the answer to the question of the global nuclear power industry. Take a look at the bare facts: Thorium produces from 10 to 10 thoUSAnd times smaller than the long-lived radioactive waste; Extraction of thorium allows only one pure isotope, while a mixture of natural Uranium isotope enrichment required for most conventional nuclear reactors; Thorium can not sustain nuclear chain reaction without special of conditions, so that, if necessary, its decomposition in the reactor stops automatically; Hargraves also predicts a transition to thorium factories and other industrial concerns. And in the near future we can see it with my own eyes.