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    ThorCon™ Molten Salt Reactor
http://thorconpower.com/

Molten Salt Reactors are most likely to be the leading next generation of nuclear technology. Their thorium fuel and modular mass-producible economics are well-suited to replace both the existing coal and the current generation of marginally safe solid fuel Water Cooled Reactors.
 

The 550°F operating temperature of solid fuel water cooled reactors means they have no chance of replacing the heat of fossil fuels beyond boiling water to power low-efficiency steam turbines. Molten salt (1,300°F salt) and pebble bed (1,800°F helium) reactors can equal or exceed the performance of coal (1,100°F steam).

See also:  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/jan/01/on-its-hundredth-birthday-in-1959-edward-teller-warned-the-oil-industry-about-global-warming

Moir - Teller Association.pdf     MSR - Thorium-Fueled Underground Power Plant Based On Molten Salt Technology - moir_teller.pdf  

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Another molten salt reactor company, Terrestrial Energy or Canada, posted a very easy to understand schematic layout of a modern exchangeable reactor power plant.

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Their motto: "If it isn't cheaper than coal, forget it".

https://neutronbytes.com/2017/12/06/thorcons-nuclear-msr-design-gains-momentum/   - Dan Yurman

"ThorCon employs a moderately high energy density resulting in a short (4 year) moderator life. A ThorCon plant is made up  of one or more 250 MWe modules. Each module consists of two sealed Cans. Each Can houses a 250 MWe primary loop including a  Pot (reactor), pump, and primary heat exchanger (PHX). The two Cans are duplexed. At any time, one Can is operating and the other is in cool-down or stand-by mode. The plant is designed so that the change out of a cooled-down Can is safe and quick."    ThorCon exec_summary.pdf  (Written by a person experienced in building supertankers. Please try to find the time to read the Abstract. The entire summary will give you some idea of how backwards today's nuclear reactors are and how the ThorCon was designed to be relatively inexpensively mass-produced, not unlike an airplane or ship.)  ThorCon Slide Presentation to Oak Ridge National Laboratories.pdf
 

ThorCon Estimated Heat Balance - From ThorCon web site library. - Blue English conversion notes by site author.

Underground ThorCon 250 megaWatt (e) Nuclear Steam Generator Module
ThorCon Silo Dimensions - From ThorCon web site library. - Blue English conversion notes by site author.

 

 

 


 


(Above) Major components of a generic molten salt reactor.

 

 

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Part 2

Nuclear Waste: The Sub-Seabed Solution
The radioactivity goes away with the nuclear barge.

The entire world of nuclear energy has bungled the issue of nuclear waste.  Here is a better idea:


http://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/issues/96oct/seabed/seabed.htm

CNNC to construct Chinese prototype floating nuclear plant, other nuclear barge items

 

 

 

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This facility is clearly defined by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, local and national building and electrical codes, and supplemented by constraints from the relevant equipment manufacturers.

 

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