Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Salty Soup that Stays Hot for Years

Via the South China Morning post:

The deadline to develop a new design of nuclear power plant has been brought forward by 15 years as the central government tries to reduce the nation's reliance on smog-producing coal-fired power stations.

The technology under development in Shanghai involves burning the radioactive element thorium in a salty "soup" to, in theory, release heat many times greater than today's reactors.

I have posted this John Kutsch video before, but it is worth listening to when news like this bubbles up.  You should also check in with Kirk Sorensen.

The Chinese began with a start-up budget of $350m and the recruitment of 140 PhD scientists at the Shanghai Institute of Nuclear and Applied Physics. It then had plans to reach 750 staff by 2015, but this already looks far too conservative.


chess said...

A dark cave. In the middle, a boiling cauldron.
Enter the three Witches

Round about the cauldron go;
In the poison'd entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot.

Double, double, toil and trouble; (10)
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

frithguild said...

What is't you do?

ALL: A deed without a name.

chess said...

Its that you do that voodoo so well.