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Old 01-16-2018, 07:59 AM   #806 (permalink)
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https://aris.iaea.org/PDF/ARISThorCon9.pdf
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ThorCon Molten salt fuel mixes at near atmoshperic pressure are the way to go for using a Thorium mix. The Moltex SSR design is also based on this and will beat them to market by a decade but is more optimised to burn reprocessed high level waste or depleted Uranium which we have already.
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No steam explosions. No Hydrogen explosions. No Cesium or Iodine in gaseous form. ThorCon has proposed a centralized solution to the previous big hang up of using Thorium in the reaction which requires reprocessing whereas the earlier designs always envisioned continuous online reprocessing at every reactor site. Which is what killed the idea 50 years ago. Factory construction of transportable, finished modules is also a key cost cutting feature of both. Moltex can travel by road. But the ThorCon would be perfect to save the vast population centers of the USA around the Great lakes and Eastern sea board where there is no sun throughout much of the winter. And anywhere around the world that can be reached by barge.
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As Moltex has stated, the 600C operating temp is perfect for cost effective molten salt energy storage on site to allow variable output throughout the day to compliment any production from future distributed roof top solar. Which they say only adds $0.005/ kWh in cap costs.
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Video on the ThorCon
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https://youtu.be/VfsOYzOpYRw
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