SuperFuel: Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future

SuperFuel: Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future

by Richard Martin
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SuperFuel: Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Willis_Shirk More than 1 year ago
This is a good read that unfortunately suffers from a few major flaws. I thought the author did a good job relating the history of of Alvin Weinberg's work and explaining the benefits of LFTRs but I was disappointed by his dismissal of that he calls the "nuclearati" who have provided us with the amazingly safe and efficient Gen I through Gen IV light water reactors. The author fails to even mention the so-called "nuclearati's" first successful U.S. commercial High Temperature Gas Cooled Thorium cycle reactor that went online at Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania in 1963 and operated until 1974, or the conversion of the nation's first commercial reactor at Shippingport into a Thorium-cycle LWR Breeder reactor in 1975. He also makes several errors of fact in a number of his technical descriptions of the operation of conventional uranium cycle LWR reactors. While still a very good read on the important topic of LFTRs, this book might have been a great read if the author had been less hostile toward those he condescendingly calls the"nuclearati.' Many of the technical errors could also have been avoided had consulted a few of them for some editing of technical details in his manuscript before it was submitted for publication.
Th232 More than 1 year ago
I'm a nuclear engineer. I thought I knew a lot about a wide range of nuclear technologies, including the Thorium fuel cycle. Well, I was right and I was wrong. I knew the theory from my nuclear engineering studies, but it was presented more like a more recent, fringe concept - "something someone once thought about" - instead of a real (and even better!) alternative to the Uranium and Plutonium fuel cycles. "Superfuel" tells the whole story: from Adam and Eve (in this case: Mme. & M. Curie) to the people, the military events, and the political decisions that caused the Thorium cycle to be shelved for decades. I can't decide whether there's a happy ending. Read the book, see for yourselves. Check the references if you are looking for more technical details.
CoeLadd More than 1 year ago
Richard Martin has produced a provocative idea book, that is not understood in the Nuclear family. The fact that it worked for 26 years in Shippingport, PA is testament that it needs to be considered. EXCELON should look seriously at it!
Kozik More than 1 year ago
I expected it to be much more on Thorium and not other misc. events going on in history. It was hard to stay motivated when reading this. Do not expect much on Thorium.