This Car Runs For 100 Years Without Refuelling – The Thorium Car



It’s become increasingly clear that our modern day propulsion systems aren’t really needed anymore. New technologies are waiting to be unleashed, technologies that are much more efficient and harmonious with the planet. When it comes to efficiency, thorium seems to be one at the top of the list.

As far as fuelling a car goes, it could run for 100 years on just 8 grams of fuel. A company called Laser Power Systems has been working on creating an emissions free turbine/electric generator powered by nuclear thorium lasers. Charles Stevens, CEO and chairman of the Connecticut-based company claims that one gram of thorium yields the energy of 7,500 gallons of gasoline. The energy is harnessed by heating the thorium with an external source, which then becomes so dense that its molecules emit heat.

Multiple countries and military agencies have experimented with Thorium as a fuel source for a number of years. (1)

If your car was powered by thorium, you would never need to refuel it. The vehicle would burn out long before the chemical did. The fuel would in fact out live you.

Thorium is a naturally occurring radioactive chemical element, and is most popular for its potential to replace current nuclear energy generation by implementing reactors powered by thorium, which would be an alternative to uranium. It’s definitely a much safer fuel for civilian power plants than uranium.

“If a thorium, molten-salt reactor can be successfully developed, it will remove all fears about nuclear energy,” says Fang Jinqing, a retired nuclear researcher at the China Institute of Atomic Energy. “The technology works in theory, and it may have the potential to reshape the nuclear power landscape, but there are a lot of technical challenges.”(2)

This idea has been around for quite some time now:

“What China is attempting is to turn the nuclear clock back to the mid-1960s, when Oak Ridge successfully operated a reactor with fuel derived from thorium and cooled with molten salts. The lab also produced detailed plans for a commercial-scale power plant.Despite considerable promise, the thorium test reactor was shut down in 1969 after about five years of operation. Research was effectively shelved when the Nixon Administration decided in the 1970s that the U.S nuclear industry would concentrate on a new generation of uranium-fueled, fast-breeder reactors. For a range of technical and political reasons, not least the public’s fear of nuclear plants, these new uranium reactors have yet to come into widespread commercial use.” (source)

One thing is clear, modern day nuclear reactors are not needed anytime. A time for change has arrived, and one big part of that is the way in which we generate energy.

What Would Be Better Than A Thorium Fuelled Car?

What Type of Energy Would Be Better Than Thorium For Generating Power and Electricity?

Sources:

(1)http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/TE_1450_web.pdf

http://laserpowersystems.com/go-thorium

http://inhabitat.com/laser-power-systems-is-developing-cars-fueled-by-nuclear-power/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/9784044/China-blazes-trail-for-clean-nuclear-power-from-thorium.html

http://truththeory.com/2014/03/02/car-runs-for-100-years-without-refueling-the-thorium-car/

(2)http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/12/20/us-breakout-thorium-global-idINBRE9BJ0RR20131220

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39 comments on “This Car Runs For 100 Years Without Refuelling – The Thorium Car

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  2. Bobbo23

    Many of these statements seem to go without any research or thought. The article talks about the ability or possibility, not the reality. This technology hasn’t been studied as well as other since being moth balled in the 70′s.

    Go to http://www.the-weinberg-foundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Thorium-Fuelled-Molten-Salt-Reactors-Weinberg-Foundation.pdf to read up on the technology. Open your minds to the possibilities, not the dwelling on perceived limitations and shortcomings.

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  6. Unlike uranium, thorium is not fissionable, has a very long half life and does not emit enough energy in its slow decay to power a large vehicle.

    • E. Mota

      it Is very danger, is not feasible

      • tom

        What is danger, comrade? Already feasible. Not competitive.

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  9. D Thomas

    For this to be feasible the fuel container/reactor will need to be modular so that the rest of the car could be easily upgraded. Very few people used to the current paradigm of car ownership would be prepared to stick with a single car for the rest of their life. The reactor would also need to be strong enough to withstand any possible collision without leaking radioactive particulate.

  10. oobuc

    There seems to be one small thing that everybody forgets , these things sound great untill you get into the lost tax revenues ,and jobs all over the world shut down all of the conventional car component factories and the world economies would collapse .

    Why is it that the electric car is so expensive it has an electric motor = one moving part ,it does not a water cooling system ,or cat converters or any sensors ,or pistons ,valves ,timing belts or any of the hundreds of other parts ,
    so until fuel reaches £10 a gallon plus these things are just the 1% of the car market !

  11. tom

    Seriously? Just throw some Thorium in the trunk and it makes a car go? How silly is that?

    The devil is in the details. This article lacks that.

    Thorium is a heat source. It’s also radioactive when purified enough to produce useful heat. How do you use it in a car? What kind of engine? How do you operate it?

  12. tom

    Oh yeah, with all the hand wringing and disaster prognosticating about nuc power plants giving off about as much radiation as a radium faced watch, I can only imagine what Helen Caldicott has to say about private autos in a wreck, salvage yards, coulees and creeks with a few grams of fissile material tucked under the floor boards.

    On the other hand, this just could be a way to get people to realize that with proper management, fissile materials are no more dangerous than driving into an underground parking garage with a tank of fuel.

    • short course: development is controled by they type of energy used (i.e., if only coal is available, only steam will be used, if only petrolium is used, turbine is about as far as you get.)

      If we don’t decentralize the source of energy distribution, we will screw: the economy, the development, the planet, any effective future.

      • tom

        Kevin

        What does your comment have to do with my comment?

        • OK, Tom what’s wrong with nuclear??? FuKu-shima is a good start. But, beyond that, as stated, the development of a civilization is controlled by the type of energy it uses and, at this point in our development, we need to be aware of the other part of that historical result;
          the civilizations that develop, use -more- energy per person than the rest, not less.ud that we need to reverse (into middle America pockets) the typical statement is “Good Luck!”

          • OK, Tom what’s wrong with nuclear??? FuKu-shima is a good start. But, beyond that, as stated, the development of a civilization is controlled by the type of energy it uses and, at this point in our development, we need to be aware of the other part of that historical result;
            the civilizations that develop, use -more- energy per person than the rest, not less.

            Thing is, with a single source (centralized distribution) energy system -as we have now-, we will -not- have the energy required to advance this civilization. For people to prosper, we need to have available: a system like 100 HP (20 wind turbines) per small farm ($3,000 / month at retail sale price), across America, with the infrastructure (paid for by the new structure) to go with it.

            Realizing that this is a $1 BILLION -each- day fraud that we need to reverse (into middle America pockets) the typical statement is “Good Luck!”

            However, without that much boost in -CLEAN- energy, we WILL NOT ADVANCE!OK, Tom what’s wrong with nuclear??? FuKu-shima is a good start. But, beyond that, as stated, the development of a civilization is controlled by the type of energy it uses and, at this point in our development, we need to be aware of the other part of that historical result;
            the civilizations that develop, use -more- energy per person than the rest, not less.

            Thing is, with a single source (centralized distribution) energy system -as we have now-, we will -not- have the energy required to advance this civilization. For people to prosper, we need to have available: a system like 100 HP (20 wind turbines) per small farm ($3,000 / month at retail sale price), across America, with the infrastructure (paid for by the new structure) to go with it.

            Realizing that this is a $1 BILLION -each- day fraud that we need to reverse (into middle America pockets) the typical statement is “Good Luck!”

            However, without that much boost in -CLEAN- energy, we WILL NOT ADVANCE!

          • tom

            Kevin: Your thinking is unclear. There is nothing wrong with nuclear. Fukashima has little to do with reality in this case. I was just comparing Collective Evolution’s article about Fukashima and Helen Caldicott’s hand wringing. It is the opposite of giving nuclear material to everyone with a car.

            I’ve read and re-read your last sentence and cannot make sense of it. Can you clarify your thinking?

            You really need to proof read before sending.

            Are you Kev the cyclonic toroidal induction electron precession guy?

          • Tom, you sound like Hannity (sp), and/or Daffy Duck. They never quite get it either.

            We have heard -all- these, 1/2 accurate statements before. It is the economy stupid, and a million separate sources can produce -extremely- more new ideas, production, jobs, and money than 1 single idiot.

            When Rome fell, we had about 1,000 years of secure consistent, predictable development (that even a mini ice age and a population depletion plague only slowed down, right into the Renaissance. It was only when the fed in England, France and -later- Germany started to get uppity with that “1 sources of control” that it keeps falling apart.

      • tom

        Kevin E: What’s wrong with steam and turbines? Society has done quite well with them, and they produce 24/7.
        The rest of your post is unclear: Do you mean the source of production? Are you familiar with the economies of scale? One large power source is usually more efficient than decentralized, but I’m just guessing at your meaning.

        • We have heard -all- these, 1/2 accurate statements before. It is the economy stupid, and a million separate sources can produce -extremely- more new ideas, production, jobs, and money than 1 single idiot.

          When Rome fell, we had about 1,000 years of secure consistent, predictable development that even a mini ice age and a population depletion plague only slowed down, right into the Renaissance. It was only when the fed in England, France and -later- Germany started to get uppity with that “1 sources of control” that it keeps falling apart.

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  15. need to fix the economy first:

    https://www.facebook.com/FreeTradeForCleanEnergy

    would prefer the ‘sugar powered fuel cell’ for autos, many reasons…

    • Phred

      KevinE: Shall we revisit the Cuba thing again?

  16. Forget putting thorium in some ugly futuristic car such as the one illustrated. I want to drop a thorium engine into a classic car, such as a 1960s era muscle car or Euro sports car.

    I bet there is an entire industry waiting to be born that will offer retrofit compact thorium engines into internal combustion engine cars. Especially cars that actually have style, grace, charm, and good looks.

  17. Matt

    This car is unlikely to ever be produced, Too many oil companys would go out of business with to much lost revenue to the politicians.

    • tom

      Are they standing in the way of electric cars? Solar cell farms? Windmills? Freighters with sails? NO! Those technologies are failing on their own merits despite huge subsidies. One needs to ask why they cannot compete against hydrocarbons, then you’ll understand.

      • Ya, Tom, they are. it is called -retail- sale of residential generated CLEAN energy, useing the utility companies as ‘ISP’ providers,

        charging the customer -only- according to the size of the cable going into the property.

      • Ben Dover

        Hydrocarbons already receive HUGE subsidies. Remove those and then we can have a sensible argument.

        • tom

          Ben,

          I live in Montana. State government is in the black, living off the royalties hydrocarbons bring. So are Pennsylvania, Texas, Wyoming, Oklahoma. I’m sure there are others.. Those hydrocarbons come from coal, natural gas to coal gas methane and fluids,aka oil. Those guys are cash cows to all levels of government.

          Conversely, Colorado builds solar panels that went bankrupt and sucked up half a billion dollars. Not a penny of royalties to the state. Wisconsin builds windmills. Three fabricators went bankrupt after sucking up $300 million in subsidies. There are others. The productive windmill and solar producers are Swedish, Spanish and Japanese. And they still don’t build in the USA unless they get a guaranteed production subsidy and someone else builds the transmission lines.

          Is a depletion allowance on a hydrocarbon producer’s tax return a subsidy? The Sierra club and media thinks so. But it is a return on taxes paid.. If you deduct home loan interest on your tax return that’s also a return on taxes paid. Shall we call that a subsidy too?

          Can you point to a direct subsidy to a hydrocarbon producer?

          On the other hand, the XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf refineries is privately funded. No subsidies. They plan an 800BBL/day loading terminal to transport Bakken oil from MT and ND. That oil is presently transported by truck and rail. Pipelines are orders of magnitude safer than trucks and rail not to mention cheaper and have no impact on traffic. Yet the feds stand in the way of the privately funded pipeline. Both the state and feds see he need to maintain roads in the bakken, but the Sierra club et al call it an oil subsidy. Local residents dodging monster potholes disagree.

          • shall we revisit that Germany thing again?

          • tom

            RE-visit Germany? Can you clarify your thinking?

          • Sorry “Daffy’, iether way; Hitler, or the new German policy on solar, you lose. This string is at an end.

          • tom

            Are you Kev the cyclonic toroidal induction electron precession guy?

  18. Joseph

    anything released to the public is 25 years behind what the richest and most powerful already contain in there possession. what would be the point of classifying energy patents if they were not then taken and used to the benefit of those who classified them in the first place……DUH!

    • Robin

      25 years? Are you insane?
      So when I was clicking around in windows 3.0, riches used the equivalent of i7 Macbooks with Mavericks?

  19. It would make sense to leave oil in the ground as back up fuel source for the future. Guess how much such a fully loaded with thorium car would cost us…. the greedy corporations would find a way to skin us out of our savings. I bet all the chemtrails spraying airplanes are already powered by thorium…

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