Thorium, element 90 on the periodic table, is a fertile material. When struck by a neutron, it will change (over time) into Uranium-233. Uranium-233 is fissile, and can fission into energy and fission products.
Claims have been made regarding both thorium’s energy potential, and counter claims that it holds no particular advantage over uranium as a nuclear fuel.
This video seeks to clarify this dispute.
Music in this video was created by KiloWatts: http://KiloWattsMusic.com/
Video assets were remixed from http://ThoriumRemix.com/ ,with some video excerpts from COSMOS with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Video constructed by Gordon McDowell.
Reports cited are…
NNL [UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory] Comparison of Thorium and Uranium Fuel Cycles: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/65504/6300-comparison-fuel-cycles.pdf
OECD NEA’s Introduction of Thorium In The Nuclear Fuel Cycle: https://www.oecd-nea.org/science/pubs/2015/7224-thorium.pdf
IEER Thorium Fact Sheet: http://energyfromthorium.com/ieer-rebuttal/ (I will not be linking to IEER. Easy to Google.)
For a multi-hour in-depth look at Thorium, see video “Thorium.”: https://youtu.be/2oK6Rs6yFsM
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