- No Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Near Complete Fuel Usage – less than 2% unused fuel is a significant source of valuable substances- Current reactors use only 5% of the fuel. So LFTRs leave 2% behind and can effectively manage the left over fuel. Far shorter half life (a few hundred years) The current reactors leave 95% behind and leave it for storage and the half life amounts to thousands of years. The storage is handled well but the full elimination of “waste” is more desirable for political reasons.
- energy density is much greater than Uranium largely because of complete fuel usage being possible in a liquid state.
- the more toxic fission products such as plutonium never get produced
- 2 or more plants in one – reprocessing and energy production and secondary applications are all feasible
- underground designs have been suggested
- underwater designs are a favorite of Kirk Sorensen
- water desalinization
- hydrogen production
energy=industry=jobs=education=birth control=population control
list is coming…
in the meantime Charles Barton has started a series on Molten Salt Reactors which in general are about Thorium Molten Salt Reactors. He covers the PROS and CONS of each.