China Switching to Thorium

Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs), which were developed and tested in the 1960’s and 70’s at Oak Ridge National Laboratories but then moth-balled, are back. China is set to turn on their 2MW experimental Thorium MSR at Wuwei, on the edge of the…

Steve Rhyne’s NuGen a Player in Nuclear with Innovative New Design

Steve Rhyne, a nuclear engineer, attorney, and veteran, and his company NuGen have recently been granted new patents for his innovative NuGen Engine™ nuclear reactor design. By integrating a fission reactor into what is essentially a jet…

Thorium Gaining Ground

Four patents were recently issued involving methods for the extraction of thorium from various ores, including coal.  This is exciting news for an industry that is trying to establish the infrastructure necessary to keep growing and…

Terrestrial Energy reactor selected for pre-licensing review

Terrestrial Energy's Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR)  has been selected by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)  for the first joint technical review of an advanced,…

Wired Magazine wishes luck to Andrew Yang’s Thorium Dream

Andrew Yang Wants a Thorium Reactor by 2027. Wired Magazine author Daniel Oberhaus thinks he's dreaming. Oberhaus goes through the cons of thorium reactors and molten salt reactors in general: materials that can contain the corrosive…

Bill Gates may have another DOS, if Congress approves

TerraPower and China National Nuclear Corp., a state-owned economic entity heavily involved in commercial and military nuclear matters, reached a formal agreement in 2017 to jointly develop and build a breed-and-burn reactor south of…

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