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How Thorium Could Save the Planet

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Towards an alternative nuclear future: There are very strong arguments that nuclear power has a crucial role to play in the global drive for cleaner energy. However, it is equally clear that there remain concerns about safety, sustainability, waste management and proliferation. In this talk I will show how these concerns could be alleviated by moving from a nuclear industry based upon uranium and plutonium fuel cycles to one based upon the element thorium. Methods of deploying thorium fuel will be presented, and in particular it will be proposed that nuclear power generation based upon an innovative accelerator driven subcritical nuclear reactor technology fuelled by thorium may offer an acceptable way forward.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) series.

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