Today on the world's roads drives more than one billion cars, which directly or indirectly are trillions of dollars in material resources, time and noxious emissions. Now imagine that all these machines will be able to work environmentally friendly for 100 years on just 8 grams of fuel each.
The company Laser Power Systems (LPS) from Connecticut is developing a new propulsion system that uses one of the most dense materials known in nature: thorium. Because the material has extreme density, he is able to produce incredible amounts of heat. The company is currently experimenting with small pieces of material that can create a laser beam that heats water, produces steam and powers an energy-producing turbine.
The current model thorium engine weighs 200 pounds and easily fits under the hood of a traditional car. And according to experts, just one gram of thorium contains more energy than 28 thousand liters of gasoline and 8 grams of this substance will nourish a conventional car over a century.
Expert Robert Hargraves says: "energy Sources with low or zero emissions of CO2 should be cheaper than coal, or they will fail in their attempt to replace fossil fuels". For example, the U.S. consumes 20 percent of the world's energy and, according to Hargraves, even if you reduce their CO2 emissions to zero, 80% produced by other countries, will continue to be a problem. And since carbon dioxide emissions have transferred all bounds, we badly need some non-trivial ideas.
And thorium in this case can be in addition, and answer to the question of nuclear energy worldwide.
Take a look at the bare facts
- Thorium produces 10 to 10 thousand times less long-lived radioactive waste.
- Mining of thorium produces just a single pure isotope, whereas the mixture of natural isotopes of uranium requires enrichment to work in most conventional nuclear reactors.
- Thorium cannot sustain a nuclear chain reaction without special conditions, so that, if necessary, its decay in the reactor is stopped automatically.
- Hargraves, predicts a shift to a thorium factories and other industrial concerns. And in the very near future we can see it with my own eyes.published
P. S. And remember, only by changing their consumption — together we change the world! ©
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