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Old 02-23-2012, 08:32 PM
 
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:37 PM
 
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I'm skeptical that it will every power a home.
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:58 PM
 
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Hammer down!
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:16 PM
 
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They've been on submarines for some time.

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Old 02-24-2012, 08:51 PM
 
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I'm not seeing that documented in the links you provided.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:33 PM
 
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Does this help?
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:59 PM
 
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Yes, muchly. Thanks.

I don't see submarines mentioned, but some of the listed reactors were of respectable size.
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:17 PM
 
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The reason I know is because I was one of the jurors. He was a sailor for a long time.
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:05 PM
 
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Canada and India share the same design so of curse it would work in ours up here but we are using natural uranuim as right now it is the cheaper way to go since it reduces costs to the customer but india is using it their reactors just fine.


Indian heavy water reactors and have for a long time used thorium-bearing fuel bundles for power flattening in some fuel channels – especially in initial cores when special reactivity control measures are needed.


heavy water reactors are very well suited for thorium fuels due to their combination of: (i) excellent neutron economy (their low parasitic neutron absorption means more neutrons can be absorbed by thorium to produce useful U-233), (ii) slightly faster average neutron energy which favours conversion to U-233, (iii) flexible on-line refueling capability. Furthermore, heavy water reactors (especially Candu) are well established and widely-deployed commercial technology for which there is extensive licensing experience.

There is potential application to Enhanced Candu 6 and ACR-1000 reactors fueled with 5% plutonium (reactor grade) plus thorium. In the closed fuel cycle, the driver fuel required for starting off is progressively replaced with recycled U-233, so that on reaching equilibrium 80% of the energy comes from thorium. Fissile drive fuel could be LEU, plutonium, or recycled uranium from LWR. Fleets of PHWRs with near-self-sufficient equilibrium thorium fuel cycles could be supported by a few fast breeder reactors to provide plutonium.

Existing CANDU reactors can operate on thorium fuel cycles, with comparable fuel-cycle costs to the natural-uranium cycle and with improved uranium utilization. While ultimate efficiency is achieved with a self-sufficient cycle that relies only on bred U-233, economical once-through thorium (OTT) cycles can greatly extend uranium resources.

so yeah I see energy from thorium fuel being big but not till uranium becomes more expensive and harder to mine
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:34 PM
 
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Here is a nice overview about thorium. Turn on the sound.
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