This page lists key sources for further reading. For a list of major media coverage of thorium and MSRs, please see the bottom of the Thorium page.
We are pleased announce our latest report, Thorium-Fuelled Molten Salt Reactors, written for the APPG on Thorium Energy.
Other international thorium associations and blogs
- International Thorium Energy Organisation: IThEO is an international association of academics, researchers and other enthusiasts dedicated to thorium. Its website is a good source of news, debate and academic research. Based in Sweden, IThEO is a non-profit organisation that welcomes new members.
- The Thorium Energy Association: ThorEA is a UK-based membership organisation dedicated to disseminating knowledge about thorium-based technologies within the academic community, industry, and general public. ThorEA is very supportive of accelerator-driven thorium reactor systems. It hosts regular meetings, and its website features many academic research papers. It welcomes new members.
- Thorium Energy Alliance: TEA is a US-based advocacy organisation. With engineers, scientists and the general public amongst its members, it organises annual conferences and supports research into all types of thorium-fuelled reactor.
- Energy from Thorium: Kirk Sorensen’s vibrant blog, covering a wide range of science and policy related to thorium, MSRs and Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors
General academic articles
The articles below provide a good, well-founded introduction to thorium and MSRs.
- 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.
- BBC Radio 4: Costing the Earth - “Nuclear Power without the Nasties” (29th February 2012)
- NPR: Science Friday – “Is Thorium a Magic Bullet for our Energy Problems?” featuring Richard Martin, author of SuperFuel (4th May 2012)
- BBC News: Nobel Laureate Carlo Rubbia discusses thorium – “Using thorium could reduce risk of nuclear power” (12th April 2011)
- BBC 2: Horizon – “Fukushima: Is nuclear power safe?“, presented by Jim al-Khalili (September 2011)
- Gordon McDowell’s Thorium page: Based in Canada, Gordon has dedicated the past couple of years to producing insightful, inspiring films about thorium, MSRs and the broader thorium movement. We recommend watching his ‘Thorium Remix‘ series.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.