Chemistry

Thorium: An Element That Can Power The Entire Planet

The prediction that world energy consumption would rise 56% in the next three decades by the Energy Information Administration - can finally be proved wrong. Now, the world has found the best alternative to oil, gas, coal and even Nuclear power plants, that is - Thorium (Th).

The prediction that world energy consumption would rise 56% in the next three decades by the Energy Information Administration – can finally be proved wrong. Now, the world has found the best alternative to oil, gas, coal and even Nuclear power plants, that is – Thorium (Th).

Thorium is one of the most abundant radioactive elements on the planet. Since the discovery of its radioactive properties in 1898, there has been an increasing importance of thorium as a nuclear fuel.

A company known as Laser Power System is working on their Thorium Generator systems which will produce unlimited power that is emission free and eco-friendly. Also, it has been confirmed that the amount of free energy contained in thorium is equivalent to 20 million times the amount of free energy contained in a similar mass of coal, making thorium an ideal source of energy.

Free energy is a thermodynamic quantity equivalent to the capacity of a system to do work and, in other words – it is the measure of the total energies combined within a system.

The company has even created a concept for a thorium-powered car engine where they use a little amount of it to power the entire energy-generating turbine. However, Charles Stevens, the CEO of LPS, told that cars are not their primary systems and thorium engines wouldn’t be in cars anytime soon.

“We’re building this to power the rest of the world,” Stevens said.

World Energy Consumption
World Energy Consumption

This system would probably boost the world’s economy once it has been adopted for number of applications like transportation, aircraft, cars and home electricity regardless of its radioactive properties. Hope they find solution for that.

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17 comments

  1. I was just watching a documentary on Thorium and how so little is released to the public. Liquid reactors seem to be the future as opposed to liquid-fueled uranium. I think that if our governments allowed solid, Thorium powered reactors, it would make our planet a better place. Less waste, efficient and abundant fuel… it’s not very difficult. Great post.

  2. Incredible, Up until now I only heard of thorium in fictional places such as books and so on. I had no idea, It was indeed a physical energy. I feel silly for thinking that, thank you for bringing it to light for me ๐Ÿ™‚

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