Sunday, April 24, 2011

Kirk Sorensen talks Thorium in Calgary

In this great video Kirk Sorenson, a nuclear technologist, talks about how NASA had considered Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors as the ideal fuel source for a future moon base. Why, they wondered, is this 50 year old technology not currently in use on earth?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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The push to raise awareness and develop Thorium fuelled reactors has become more pertinent due to the on going tragedy in Japan.

The Energy From Thorium blog has had so many hits recently the site has been crashing!

This is a good resource to learn about what happened in Japan and why Luxury Car Hire Rome would be safer in these circumstances.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Home Civilization

This week, the Guardian Science Weekly spoke to Shai Agassi, founder of Better Place a company dedicated to building infrastructure to support electric cars. This is by no means a fanciful ideological pursuit. The company has over $200m in angel funding and Israel,  Denmark and China are among the first countries to allow Better Place to build the required electricity supply network.

It is this network that provides the most compelling argument for the Better Place business model, because this supply network already exists in most if not all countries - the Electrical Grid. To build a hydrogen infrastructure would require massive amounts of investment and huge technical hurdles to overcome.

Better Place plan to create a world where you would plug in your car when parked at home or at work, but they have also created a method to allow you to swap batteries at gas stations in about the same time it currently takes to fill up. If they can make it work in Israel, Denmark and, critically, China, then this is the future of motoring.

However, it will be interesting to see how website various grids cope with the huge amounts of energy required to charge electric cars. While this seems like a cheaper more sensible solution now, for the small scale adoption of electric cars, there's bound to be a tipping point where more power stations will be needed, especially in a time when they're already struggling to meet demand. This increased demand may also be too much for existing power lines and substations, which may need to be upgraded.

All eyes will be on China. If it works for 1.5 billion people, it will work anywhere.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Thorium in 16 minutes

China has announced a big R&D push to make new nuclear rectors based on Thorium, rather than Uranium.

Thorium has long been known to be a cleaner, safer fuel than Uranium based on it's abundance and lower, shorter lived waste products. It seems Uranium was chosen in the past as it creates a lot of Plutonium as a by-product, which is great for making nuclear bombs - all the rage until the 90's.

Below is a crash course on Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors (LFTR), which seem to be one of the best Littlewoods solutions to bridge the energy gap over the next few decades, while improving the environmental (and military) safety of nuclear power.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Stunning solar towers light the way - video

The world's first commercial solar tower plant gives a breathtaking glimpse of the future of power generation. What's stopping the technology's widespread adoption?



Source: The Guardian

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Guardian Readers Ask Leading Scientists Tough Energy Questions

The Guardian newspaper asked its online readers to submit tough questions on the future of energy production that would be answered by a panel of top scientists:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/nov/03/scientists-answer-energy-questions

Saturday, October 23, 2010

How much energy do we need?

The inspiration for this site was from a brilliant BBC documentary, "Can We Make a Star on Earth?", by Professor Brian Cox. Here he talks with Saul Griffith (Inventor and Entrepreneur) about the "Brian Agenda" to give everyone in the world access to 5kW of energy.

It boggles the mind as much as it browns the trousers!


Here, in a later podcast, Brian Cox restates the importance of increasing energy consumption for the good of mankind and the role Fusion energy will play.