The Thorium Energy Alliance is having a meeting in Washington, DC on October 19 and 20, 2009. I spoke to some of the people who plan to attend the meeting for Atomic Show #141 and also to one of the primary organizers of the meeting for Atomic Show #143. If you are interested in discussing thorium energy systems with a group of like minded people and you can get to Washington, I am pretty sure that there is still room for you to sign up.
John Kutsch tells me that the conference should get some coverage by C-Span and that it will also be available via streaming and post conference downloads.
More information about the conference is available at www.thoriumenergyalliance.com. Even if you cannot fit attending the conference into your schedule or budget, you can show your interest and support of serious efforts to develop the technology by visiting the site and ordering a really cool tee shirt.
Warning: if you do not know much about thorium, I suggest some homework at Energy from Thorium while you are waiting for the shirt to be delivered. If you wear a shirt like this to the gym, you just might have to answer any questions that arise.
A friend of mine who listens to The Atomic Show noticed my recent coverage of thorium energy developments and suggested that I take a look at a recent blog post by Charlie Stross, who he described as “one of the world’s hottest sci-fi authors at the moment.” He sent the link to The Future, Indian Style, which contains a brief description of a new 300 MWe indigenously developed heavy water reactor that uses thorium as part of its fuel supply. That reactor is reportedly designed to last 100 years and produce one third of the long lived waste of light water reactors. The conversation on Charlie’s post is worth reading – there are 84 comments so far.