Thorium power generation
To: Federal Government
Establish policies, funding, public education, and an open environment for research and development toward a Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) or Molten Salt Reactor (MSR), enabling Australia to become almost completely independent from fossil fuels.
Why is this important?
We need a replacement for fossil fuels. Renewable energies are working great, although we are putting all of our eggs in one big speculative basket if we think we can power Australia's base load using renewables. We need a solution that is environmentally friendly, safe, bulk and reliable enough for base load supply, and in the long term it should be as cheap as possible to allow for massive energy usage, opening up possibilities for spin-off's such as desalinating water, and cheap recharging of electric vehicles. Thorium is a fuel that is so abundant yet energy dense, it could power the world for thousands of years, and Australia has at least one quarter of the worlds supply. It is not dangerous like uranium, as it can't 'melt down' if power is lost to the site (as with Fukushima). Waste material is very minimal, and decays a lot more rapidly than uranium waste products. We should have begun this research nearly 40 years ago when the US chose to develop the uranium option instead of the safer thorium option, so that they could have nuclear weapons as a spin-off technology. So why aren’t other countries around the world already using thorium to generate power? The following are all potential reasons: - They don’t have an abundance of thorium like we do, - They opted to use uranium fission reactors so as to gain the accidental convenience of producing powerful nuclear weapons, - They didn’t want to invest in developing the technology for themselves when uranium fission reactors can be purchased ‘off-the-shelf’, and/or - The general population of the nation is not satisfactorily educated on the topic of thorium power generation. Please visit the discussion forum at http://thoriumaustralia.org/forums/