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Why not use Thorium fuel pellets? Thorium has been shown to be fissile under bombardment, and is actually more efficient than Uranium, while just as abundant. A lot of Thorium is unearthed in Uranium mining operations, but is usually just sealed and thrown away, as if it had no value. Couldn't we process
it into fuel, instead of junking it?
I just can't understand why none of the nuclear fuel manufacturers are doing this, it seems like such a big waste.
(?) All about Thorium
[snarfyguy, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
(??) Thor, I, um...
give - Uncle! Uncle! [thumbwax, Oct 04 2004]
||Some website I found says: " There is probably more energy available for use from thorium in the minerals of the earth's crust than from both uranium and fossil fuels. Any sizable demand from thorium as a nuclear fuel is still several years in the future. Work has been done in developing thorium cycle converter-reactor systems. Several prototypes, including the HTGR (high-temperature gas-cooled reactor) and MSRE (molten salt converter reactor experiment), have operated. While the HTGR reactors are efficient, they are not expected to become important commercially for many years because of certain operating difficulties."
||might be feasable in a while
||theoretically nothing in physics and engineering is preventing widescale thorium use