Energy Content of Thorium

When a LFTR (Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor) is used to extract energy from thorium, we could effectively “burn rocks” for energy.

Imagine a cube, perhaps roughly the size of a small car.  In order to see the tiny amount of thorium that would be contained within the average dirt pile, we need to zoom in.

Thorium is only ~0.001% in an average pile of dirt, but it packs in so much energy, that – using LFTR, it contains the equivalent energy content of 30 times the amount of crude oil, compared to the size of the original dirt cube!

Thorium Energy Content Merged Final

Click here if you want to see the math in detail for a cubic meter of dirt.


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    • I’ve been remiss on updating, but I’ve been considering doing another comparison. It turns out I didn’t have to look at the Canadian plant and imagine it with Arizona sun, as there is a large nuke plant “Palo Verde” right in AZ, about 50 miles from Phoenix. I’m not 100% sure where they got their numbers, but they also did a comparison of how many square miles of solar panels would be needed to replace the plant.

      “Palo Verde is located on a 4,250 acre site about 55 miles west of Phoenix. Its three units are capable of generating 4,170 MW of electricity”.

      “Palo Verde’s electrical generation is greater than 156 square miles of solar panels (noon on a sunny day). That’s more than 1/3rd the size of Phoenix, the nation’s 5th largest city”.

      Thanks for the poke. I hope to get more updates done soon.

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