China opts for thorium power plants

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China have devised a new nuclear programme, which includes the creation of many new Liquid Flouride Thorium Reactors which use thorium as the fuel.

 

The new nuclear programme will be in operation within 20 years, according to chinese officials. The new reactors will use liquid salt as the coolant and the fuel inside the 4G reactors. Thorium reactors are a lot safer than uranium reactors, and the energy output per tonne of thorium is close to that of uranium. Thorium is very abundant, more so than uranium, and it produces almost no plutonium in the reactors. These new reactors will be much more clean than current power stations.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/02/01/china_thorium_bet/

 

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/02/china-thorium-power/

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