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Is there a thorium breeder reactor in the USA's Future?

  1. Jan 13, 2012 #1
    I have been reading sporadically about China's development of a thorium molten salt reactor. I am not aware of much activity in the US.

    Has anyone heard of the US building next gen reactors in the next 10-15 years? It seems nuclear power here is dead.

    Also is it true that the thorium molten salt style reactors can utilize fissile waste products for extra neutrons? Thus rendering the waste products into less reactive waste?
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  3. Jan 13, 2012 #2
    You might be interested in the Generation 4 Reactor program. The US is involved with it. The MSR is just one of the reactor types begin studied.

    There are still a couple of reactors being built in the US at different stages. From Wikipedia:
  4. Jan 13, 2012 #3
    Hey thanks, I was just focusing on the MSRs because they are relatively new to me.
  5. Jan 15, 2012 #4
    you might be interested in http://www.ted.com/talks/kirk_sorensen_thorium_an_alternative_nuclear_fuel.html and http://energyfromthorium.com/
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