Thorium Car That Runs 100 Years Without Refueling
|   Monday, May 09, 2016
Technology is advancing at a breakneck pace and the new technical solutions seem taken right out of science fiction movies. Electric cars have appeared, cars with engines that unction on water (whose development is blocked because it would basically destroy the whole industry based on oil and gas), and more recently, the possibility of making cars that will use thorium instead of traditional fuel appears.

This could result in a vehicle range of 100 years without refueling .
. Basically the car is scrap before you need to refuel with another piece of thorium.
In this variant, thorium, a radioactive material would be used to get a laser beam which heats the water, which in turn produces steam that sets in motion a turbine and thus produce the necessary energy.

Thorium is one of the densest materials on the planet; a small sample of thorium produces 20 million times more energy than a similar amount of coal. However, it will take decades of evolution before technology based on thorium can be used reliably in any field.

Currently Laser Power Systems, a company in Connecticut, USA, is developing a solution for vehicles to move using thorium. Although thorium seems a new element in the automotive world, the engineers from Cadillac have already experienced this solution at the World Thorium Fuel Concept.

A single gram of thorium produces more energy than 28,000 liters of conventional fuel, while an amount of 8 grams would be enough to propel a car 100 years.
However, Charles Stevens, CEO of Laser Power Systems, announced that cars powered by thorium will not appear any time soon in the streets. He said the auto industry is not interested in the project, being more focused on traditional technologies that still produce money.

His company develops various systems through which thorium could be used to produce energy, whether it is for office buildings, hotels, and restaurants. In terms of radioactivity, Stevens does not worry. A single piece of aluminum foil is sufficient to counteract its effects.

In India and Australia, but also in the fjords of Norway, thorium is found in the surface sand in large amounts, and it seems it is the nuclear fuel of the future. Less radioactive than uranium, thorium can be exploited in surface quarries, and this has minimal impact on the environment as well as a relatively low exploitation cost.

The specialists say that the use of thorium in nuclear power plants is indicated and possible. Especially since, after burning thorium in a nuclear reactor, plutonium 239 does not result, which is the radioactive element produced from uranium and used to manufacture atomic bomb.
From spent nuclear fuel resulting from the use of thorium in nuclear power plants, plutonium cannot be extracted, and exploitation of thorium is environmentally friendly and much cheaper.

Thorium was discovered by Swedish chemist Jöns Jacob Berzelius in 1828, giving it the name after the Norse god of thunder, Thor.
One thing though is clear: a time for change is upon us, and one big part of that is precisely the way in which we generate energy.
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