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Thorium-Fueled Automobile Engine Needs Refueling Once a Century

‘There are now over one billion cars traveling roads around the world directly and indirectly costing trillions of dollars in material resources, time and noxious emissions. Imagine all these cars running cleanly for 100 years on just 8 grams of fuel each.

Laser Power Systems (LPS) from Connecticut, USA, is developing a new method of automotive propulsion with one of the most dense materials known in nature: thorium. Because thorium is so dense it has the potential to produce tremendous amounts of heat. The company has been experimenting with small bits of thorium, creating a laser that heats water, produces steam and powers a mini turbine.’

http://www.industrytap.com/thorium-fueled-automobile-engine-...

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A thorium reactor has already been built...

...by Oak Ridge Labs back in the 1950s. There is no question as to whether a thorium reactor can be built, it's just a question of building another one using today's technology.

I don't think that it's a practical application for a car, however...but you can synthesize liquid fuels for automobiles using energy created by the thorium reactors.

Thorium ....

an excellent source for energy. But in a car it is a bit dangerous. It is radioactive.

Home power generation is a great model for Thorium.

Boron is the fuel for a vehicle and is extremely plentiful and cheap.
The combustion chamber would have to be void of everything other than oxygen, but that is easy enough to achieve.

God Bless.

Limits

Cars kill people. In the wrong hands they're deadly. I think you should have a license to operate one, and a check to make sure you're properly trained and insured to use it. No one needs a car this efficient, and limits should be put on how much power it has...no, wait, that's guns. Guns kill people and should have limited efficiency. I'm confused.

I think I'd better let everyone do what they want, unless they prove to be irresponsible.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

The thorium laser, in

The thorium laser, in combination with a vortex flux capacitor, can produce enough energy to power a good size house. More than enough energy to power a car.

Nuclear cars give me pause

for the simple reason that the occasional person has their car held together with baling wire and duct tape and has no idea what is going on.

What is keeping a 15 year old from taking an angle grinder to a thorium power core and making my neighborhood/city radioactive for 500 years? 500 is better than 20,000, but in personal terms, it is the same.

It's great and all, and thorium is probably a great choice for future nuclear power, but it's really not good for Buford and Sons' Salvage Yard.

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Transmutation of elements has been proven unprofitable.

Fifty years is long enough to waste taxpayer money on a losing proposition.

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I always new steam power was

I always new steam power was the way of the future.

Oh Yes!... I Remember ...

...these cars were built many years ago....
...steam "turbine".....
.....aka...Stanley Steamer.....
This new one looks "scary"...evil...tough.....
....Everything that appeals to today's "kiddies".

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

water

a steam engine. is the steam lost or is it self contained? how often do you need to fill up with water? bottled water is more expensive than gasoline.

was about to make a comment

was about to make a comment on why the article was wrong, but then this guy made a video:
http://youtu.be/568iDYn8pjc

Yes - the thorium car of the future is pure bunkum.

This does not deserve any attention at all.

related:

Miracle car of the future runs on hopes, dreams. All you have to do is wish in one hand and poop in the other. Then you throw them both up in the air and see which one lands first, for a top speed of 85 miles per hour.

"Damn the pandas, full steam ahead"

-Admiral David Farragut

Thunderf00t DEBUNKED This Article

Watch the video above to see why this article is "fools science."

And to the the people who want to complain about subsidies...

Nuclear power is actually the least subsidized industry in the United States. Oil, coal, natural gas, wind and solar power all are more heavily subsidized the nuclear power.

It still makes less energy than it consumes over a plant's life.

At least oil, gas and coal have been proven profitable.

Nuclear energy is a money pit.

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I'm no expert or anything...

...but I ran nuclear reactors when I was in the Navy back in the 90's.

I haven't watched the documentary about the African children, but I'm not sure why anyone would pay them for the stuff. Every uranium mine stacks up tons of this stuff. Thorium and uranium are many times found together, and in the process of extracting the uranium, 3 to 5 times as much thorium is also extracted. We're just not using it for anything. That's how abundant it is. We've just got it piling up.

The liquid fluoride thorium reactors can be used to reduce the amount of radioactive waste we created using uranium burning reactors because they are highly efficient. Instead of using only a small amount of the fuel, leaving behind tons of waste in the form of spent fuel rods, thorium reactors use molten salts and all but a small percentage of the fuel is burned up. This is in addition to the fact that the liquid fluoride thorium reactor fails safe with a loss of electrical power because no cooling pumps are needed. The fuel is circulated in the molten salt, so when the circulation is stopped so is the reaction. Then the fuel gravity drains down into a tank.

To find out tons of information in less than 5 minutes, google "5 minute thorium".

Liquid fluoride thorium reactors could solve our energy problems. They could also solve our nuclear waste problem. Several countries have people working on it, but the technology is still years down the road.

The sad part is that the Thorium fuel cycle has been known for..

as long as that of Uranium. Uranium was chosen PRIMARILY for the desire to produce weapons. When President Eisenhower first proposed the "Atoms for Peace" program, he should have insisted a Thorium Fuel Cycle be used. Had it been, there would have been no Fermi 1, no Three Mile Island and no Fukushima.

If this is so darned easy...

Why don't we already have LFTR plants (Fukushima, are you listening?)

Did anyone else notice?

That each tire is actually several motorcycle tires and rims stacked together side by side. Never work, very impractical. This is obviously a nonworking concept mock up model. Looks cool though.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

notice a certain lack of a suspension system

and a "couple" other things?

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

Yeah, the Auto mock up scam...

Has been around a long time. They make a model "concept" car like this one to sell it but after they apply real world practicalities and production costs, You find that the Mustang you just bough is only a Pinto with slightly differently bent sheet metal. lol

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Awesome!

Awesome!

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein

I like it

Who do I make the check out to?

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Save your money - it isn't real.

It's bs.

"Damn the pandas, full steam ahead"

-Admiral David Farragut

A car without doors? How

A car without doors? How would I get in that thing?

If a laser heats water, what happens to the engine in the middle of winter at 10 degrees after sitting in the driveway for 2 days?

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

Any bets on how long until this guy has a heart attack?

I wouldn't put long odds on this guys long term survival anyone else?

I followed the links and

I followed the links and looked at some of the stuff beneath them.

It looks like the output of a high school kid with good graphics skills. There doesn't seem to be any real physics behind the design of the alleged car-sized, safe, mobile, three-digit-kilowatt, thorium reactor.

Yes, like uranium, thorium has a lot of energy in it, so a few grams can produce enough energy to run a car for a century. Yes, it can be built into a critical mass and sustain a nuclear fission reaction. But those two don't connect to form a practical replacement for an automobile engine. They also apply to uranium and plutonium.

I don't see anything behind that web site that would tell us someone has figured out how to build a car-engine size power plant to run on any of them, in lieu of a giant, shielded, central power station big enough to work with an adequate mass of fuel to sustain a fission chain reaction.

Maybe somebody has. But, if so, that web site and its links don't tell us about it.

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

wow

Bye bye big oil.

How will it be taxed? ;)

Seems as though this stuff is all over the moon.

donvino

Thorium?!?

Any Mass Effect fans out there?...

Well, it is glamorous, but...

wouldn't retrofitting electric and hybrid vehicles with wireless recharging units be cheaper? http://www.gizmag.com/roadside-power-transmitters-receivers/...

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