► "Th" is a documentary about thorium
, molten salt reactors & nuclear energy. It exists as a YouTube playlist
, which I update to always contain the freshest chapter iterations.
Th01 ("Th" part 1) is a quick thorium summary
: Increasing energy demand. Challenges with intermittent power sources. Lack of nuclear innovation. Thorium's relationship to heavy rare earths. The energy density & abundance of thorium.
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Th02 is opening credits and music. Our energy risk assesment
is out of kilter. Custom music created by KiloWatts
. Numbers used to create charts can be found in this Google Spreadsheet
Th03 shows Kirk Sorensen on the challenge of solid uranium oxide fuel rods, and the benefits of dissolving nuclear fuel
in molten salt instead.
In Th04, John Kutsch observes nuclear energy's stifled innovation
. AP1000 has taken over 20 years from design to market. Computer technology compared to nuclear technology.
Th05 - Kirk Sorensen recalls watching Carl Sagan's COSMOS
as a kid, and again with his own children. Library of Alexandrea's destruction. Energy density
of nuclear power.
p06 The basics of fission
. Atomic structure. Proton, neutron & electron. Criticality in a nuclear reactor.
Th07 covers is issue of Nuclear Waste
. Valuable fission products and transuranics are trapped together in spent fuel rods. They key to realizing their value is seperating them from a homogenous mess into distinct categories. Xenon can power NASA's ION engines. Molybdenum is needed to create Technetium-99, for use in many medical diagnostic procedures. Bismuth-213 will revolutionize cancer treatment through alpha-radio-therapy. Dissolving nuclear fuel in molten salts (instead of encasing it in fuel rods) makes fission harvesting and recycling much, much easier.
Th08 is Greens vs Nuclear
. Prominent environmentalists, climatologists and philanthropists support (or who have recently come to support) the expansion of nuclear power argue it is our most effective means to halt global warming. Robert Stone
defends Pandora's Promise
. Baroness Worthington
and Kirk Sorensen
discuss externalities and the dream of a "closed loop" economy.