Thorium is a nuclear fuel source with a lot of potential. Kirk Sorensen blogs at Energy from Thorium; he talked with Rod and Shane on December 5, 2006
Thorium is a heavy metal that is not directly useful as a nuclear reactor fuel. In certain kinds of reactors, however, it can provide high quality heat for a very long time.
Kirk Sorensen became intrigued with thorium fueled reactors after reading about the Light Water Breeder on Atomic Insights. (Disclosure – Rod Adams is the primary author of the articles on Atomic Insights.) He now blogs at Energy from Thorium. Kirk has provided an incredible resource for the world by gathering a number of papers from Oak Ridge and other national laboratories that discuss the technical details of a number of different thorium reactor concepts.
As someone once said, there is a word for interesting people that are one important step removed from crazy – that word is passion. Kirk has a passion for thorium and sees it as a way to overcome many arguments against the use of nuclear power.
Warning – this conversation gets into enough technical detail to excite hard core geeks, but we try to go back and explain our thoughts in more accessible English.