IAEA Publishes White Paper on ThorCon Thorium/Uranium Molten Salt Reactor
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has published details of the ThorCon liquid fission power plant in its go-to web site for advanced power reactors, ARIS. ThorCon gigawatt MSR power plants deliver energy cheaper than coal and can be mass produced by shipyards after demonstration in Indonesia.
The ThorCon design has progressed since the 2015 signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between ThorCon and three Indonesia-owned companies responsible for electric power, nuclear reactors, and petroleum. Several advanced capabilities are now revealed to the public in this IAEA posting.
ThorCon continues to work with Indonesia agencies, ministries, and universities. Here nuclear engineers exchange information with the ThorCon team at Indonesia’s TRIGA reactor site.
ThorConIsle is a complete 2 x 250 MW power plant built in a hull then towed to a near-shore site and securely ballasted to the sea floor. ThorConIsle is the version planned to be the initial, demonstration liquid fission power plant for Indonesia.
ThorCon’s double roof provides protection from an aircraft strike, increasing public confidence in the safety of ThorCon in such extremes.
Complying with international nonproliferation conventions, ThorCon fuel uses low-enriched uranium, so creates some plutonium as do all commercial nuclear power plants. Unique to ThorCon, thorium dilutes the chemically similar plutonium, making its liquid fission fuel even more useless for weapons.
ThorCon uses passive decay heat cooling, so that even if all power and instrumentation is lost [station blackout] the liquid fission power plant can remain safely unattended for at least a year.
Black start capability is attractive to developing nations. With no external power, ThorCon can power itself up and then help restart other generators on a failed regional electric transmission grid. Not simply a base-load power plant, ThorCon can continuously vary power production to meet demand just by changing the speed of its fluid pumps.
“The economics of liquid fission and shipyard production enables ThorCon to achieve its mission of Powering Up Our World with emission-free energy cheaper than coal” says CEO Lars Jorgensen.