Cool! Go Go THORium!
Cool! Go Go THORium!
This is like the definition of Steampunk, right? I mean a nuclear powered steam engine, (I know ALL nuclear reactors work on this principle) I'm picturing an old school steam locomotive, but scaled down to the size of a car, with people wearing top-hats driving.
am I the only one NOT freaked out about having a fission-reaction inside of your car?
I mean, what if you get into a wreck and the casing shatters? Wouldn't that super-heated block of decaying Thorium have SOME radiation risks?
When something sounds too good to be true, that's usually because it is.
A lot of things could. Most of them won't.
From the page: "Combining a laser, radioactive material, and mini-turbines might sound like a complicated alternative solution to filling your gas tank, but there's one feature that sells it as a great alternative solution.
Stevens has worked out you'd require a 227kg, 250MW thorium engine in order to power a typical road car. Within that system 1 gram of thorium produces the equivalent of 7,500 gallons of gasoline. So if you fit the Thorium engine with 8 grams of Thorium, it will run the vehicle for its entire lifetime without needing to be refueled while all the time not producing any emissions. The engine lasts so long in fact, that it could be taken from one vehicle and used in another as and when they wear out."
And why is a religious/socialistic/communistic world deserving of this amazing product of the minds of men? The same individual minds that they seek to destroy? This is a tragedy.
one of the best ideas that ive seen so far. its so far off, but it would be thrilling to see it work. i don't know about the pricepoint for the technology, but it seems to me that out of hundreds of thousands of tons, 8 grams would not be very expensive at all. hell, and that supply would more than be able to supply the us and then some. i think that math comes out to over a million individual power sources per thousand tons.
mining could get expensive, but then it also sounds like more jobs