A summary of how this technology works:
1) You start with a fluoride salt. In this reactor it will be heated so much that it melts.The fission products are relatively benign and short-lived compared to those of a traditional reactor.
2) You dissolve thorium fluoride in the liquid salt.
3) Thorium-232 absorbs neutrons and turns into Uranium-233. [That is, the pump has to be primed, so to speak.]
4) The Uranium-233 fissions and produces heat plus more neutrons [which keep the process going].
1) There is no pressure – unlike traditional nuclear reactors which contain high pressue steam. So the reactor cannot explode.
2) The fuel does not need to be shaped into pellets
3) The reactor can add fuel and remove waste at any time
4) There are no weapon-grade materials involved
5) Thorium is abundant and most of it is used up in the reaction
U/D, Mar 4: I am retrospectively retitling this as the start for a new theme, Capacity Focus, joining three others: Matt 24 Watch, 1 Chron 12:32 Report, and Blog Visits. This theme will look at specific points that can serve as key elements of capacity building for development and leadership for our region.