Our latest briefing for civil society groups on Nuclear Energy, Molten Salts and Thorium.
A helpful nuclear glossary of terms.
Our report, Thorium-Fuelled Molten Salt Reactors, written for the APPG on Thorium Energy.
About nuclear power
- Richard Lester: “The Nuclear Power Imperative” – Breakthrough Institute blog
- Breakthrough Institute (2013): How to Make Nuclear Cheap. Excellent report on how next-gen nuclear reactors could be made cheaper. Also a good survey of the various next-gen nuclear technologies.
- Atomic Insights: supremely informative blog on all things nuclear, written by nuclear engineer and former submariner Rod Adams.
- Mark Lynas (2013): Nuclear 2.0 – Why a Green Future needs Nuclear Power. A mini e-book. Superb overview of our global energy crisis and discussion of the role advanced nuclear technologies could play in fighting climate change.
- Pushker Kharecha & James Hansen (2013): “Prevented mortality and greenhouse gas emissions from historical and projected nuclear power“. A ground-breaking paper that calculated that “global nuclear power has prevented an average of 1.84 million air pollution-related deaths and 64 gigatonnes of CO2-equivalent (GtCO2-eq) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that would have resulted from fossil fuel burning.”
- James Hansen (2014): “Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy, and Galileo“. The best recent summary of our energy predicament and what needs to be done. An essential read for anyone concerned by energy and climate change.
More about Molten Salt Reactors
The articles below provide a good, well-founded introduction to thorium and MSRs.
- “The Passion of Alvin Weinberg – The Humanitarian Behind China’s Great Thorium Push” by Robert Hargraves
- Robert Hargraves & Ralph Moir: “Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors”, from American Scientist, vol. 98, July-August 2010 (click here to download PDF)A broad introduction to the history, theory and future of LFTRs and thorium energy in general.
- David LeBlanc: “Too good to leave on the shelf”, from Mechanical Engineering, May 2010 (click here to download PDF). A brief, but great, discussion of Molten Salt Reactors.
About nuclear power and sustainable energy:
- Prof David McKay: Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air. Widely-regarded as the most rigorous analysis of our energy predicament, Prof McKay coolly, but entertainingly, lays out the real situation. A full PDF is available for free from the book’s website.
- Mike Berners-Lee & Duncan Clark: The Burning Question – We Can’t Burn Half the World’s Oil, Coal & Gas, so How do we quit? Outstanding analysis of the realities of our energy & climate predicament. Essential reading for all those concerned by our climate & energy future.
- Gwyneth Cravens: Power to Save the World – The Truth about Nuclear Energy. Through a series of interviews with leading scientists, Cravens systematically debunks popular myths about nuclear energy, showing that nuclear energy is the only viable source of high-density, zero-emission energy.
- James Mahaffey: Atomic Awakening – A New Look at the History and Future of Nuclear Power. A thrilling defence of nuclear energy, written by a nuclear engineer.
- Prof Wade Allison: Radiation and Reason – The Impact of Science on a Culture of Fear. Super meta-analysis of the effects of radiation on human health, praised by even anti-nuclear activists.
About thorium and MSRs:
- Richard Martin: SuperFuel: Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future. Richard Martin was one of the first journalists to write about thorium. His book traces the life of Alvin Weinberg, documents the historical struggle between uranium and thorium, and charts a path to a thorium-powered future.
- Robert Hargraves: Thorium: Energy Cheaper than Coal. Dr Robert Hargraves is a lecturer at Darmouth College and a lifelong technologist. His most recent book shows how LFTRs will ultimately provide clean, abundant energy cheaper than coal.
- Takashi Kamei: Peaceful Energy – Thorium Nuclear Power, Part 1 and Part 2 (Japanese only). Taskashi has spent many years developing accelerator-driven MSRs, and these impassioned books make the case for clean thorium power.
By Alvin Weinberg:
- Alvin Weinberg: The First Nuclear Era – The Life and Times of a Technological Fixer. Alvin’s autobiography, in which “he writes about the events of December 2, 1942, when Fermi set into motion the first chain reaction in a uranium pile and goes on to describe what happened during the “First Nuclear Era””
- Alvin Weinberg: Reflections on Big Science. A stimulating collection of essays in which Alvin discusses the interaction between science, technology and society.