1. I believe the country’s almost single-minded commitment to fast breeder reactors, and its corresponding inability to support alternatives, particularly the molten salt breeder, is an error which I hope the Joint Committee can somehow correct.




2. China currently imports uranium for her existing and planned new power reactors for civilian use. With thorium, China would have no import reliance at all.

----Carlo Rubbia



3. Rubbia noted that thorium has “absolute pre-eminence” over all fuels including uranium as well as fossil fuels. He said it must become a staple of nuclear because it leaves less long-lived waste than uranium, is far more plentiful, is resistant to weapons proliferation and has a much higher energy content so that reactors will require less of it.

----Carlo Rubbia



4. The creation of a new, appropriate end of the cycle procedure has been a so far undisclosed necessity for the practical realization of any closed Thorium cycle.

----Carlo Rubbia



5. Thorium Energy is therefore the logical partner together with renewables to replace fossil fuels, creating energy abundance and sustainability. Thorium Energy is a safe long-term solution to raising our living standard, a reliable energy source capable of sustaining us far into the future.




6. Molten Salt Reactors – Safer, Cleaner, Cheaper Nuclear Power.



7. Thorium: Clean fuel for the 21st Century.



8. 熔盐堆可能是清洁能源的规则改编者,这对清洁能源开发的复兴及应对气候变化是一大好消息。



9. 是时候将熔盐堆提上议事日程了。



10. At its heart, the technology is the molten salt reactor invented at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the 1960s. The reactor designs I have developed are inspired by this original concept to provide some of the necessary features just touched on. Additionally providing passive emergency cooling, an extremely compact core and reactor subsystems, few moving parts, minimal online processing, and the latest materials and fabrication techniques, and you can have an idea of the design I am working to move to market. With a sealed module design life of 30 years, even with the harsh fluoride salt environment, there are no exceedingly difficult materials problems. Designs range in size from 2 to 100MWe, the range in which the core technology excels. 50 MWe, however, is the standard design for utility customers needing town-sized distributed power generation.

---- Taylor Wilson, August 15, 2013



11. Thorium is more abundant in nature than uranium. It is fertile rather than fissile, and can only be used as a fuel in conjunction with a fissile material such as recycled plutonium. Thorium fuels can breed fissile uranium-233 to be used in various kinds of nuclear reactors. Molten salt reactors are well suited to thorium fuel, as normal fuel fabrication is avoided.

----World Nuclear Association



12. Molten Salt Reactors (MSR) operated in the 1960s. They are seen as a promising technology today principally as a thorium fuel cycle prospect or for using spent LWR fuel. A variety of designs is being developed, many as fast neutron types. Global research is currently led by China. Some have solid fuel similar to HTR fuel.

----World Nuclear Association



13. Thorium has been proposed as a clean, safe, proliferation resistant and sustainable source of energy which additionally is free from most of the issues associated with uranium.




14. Thorium energy can help us check CO2 and global warming, cut deadly air pollution, provide inexhaustible energy, and increase human prosperity.

----《THORIUM: energy cheaper than coal》 by Robert Hargraves


15. Now, as the world searches for cheap, non-carbon-emitting energy sources, thorium is reemerging as an overlooked solution.

----《Super-fuel: thorium, the green energy for the future》 by Richard Martin


16. 核能在美国和全世界碳排放中有重要作用,如果能燃烧钍和铀并使之在价格上与煤炭竞争,可给这个星球上的每个人按照美国电力消耗水平提供能源一千年。具备非能动安全系统的轻水堆、钠冷快堆和熔盐堆,就他们在技术演化中的相对成熟度而言,可分别比拟为大型主机、微机和以微处理器为基础的系统。