ThorEA is organising a lunchtime “fringe meeting” at the Liberal Democrats’ conference in York on Saturday March 8th.
It will be held in the Bootham Room of the Hilton Hotel in York, next to the Barbican centre where the conference is taking place, from 1-2 pm. A panel of experts will include:
- Professor Bob Cywinski, on the potential thorium has for solving the energy crisis
- Professor Rebecca Seviour, chair of ThorEA, on the opportunities for UK scientists and engineers
- David Martin, of the Weinberg foundation, on the political situation
This will be followed by an open discussion session, looking at how thorium can make nuclear power an acceptable – even attractive – electoral option.
All conference delegates are invited – and indeed, as the hotel is not part of the conference security cordon, non-delegates can also attend.
This meeting is sponsored by the Weinberg Foundation.
A comment piece entitled “Thorium fuel has risks” by Dr Stephen Ashley and colleagues in the 6 December 2012 volume of Nature raises concerns about the proliferation resistance of thorium in some operational contexts.
In London the Science Museum’s Antenna gallery focuses on contemporary issues in science and technology. Until January 2013 it features an exhibition named Can we get electricity from nuclear waste? based upon ThorEA’s work on thorium fuelled Accelerator Driven Subcritical Reactors and their potential for transmuting nuclear waste. There are interviews with Bob Cywinski, Jim Al-Khalili and Sir Patrick Stewart.
2012 sees the turn of Shanghai to host the IThEO Conference, http://www.itheo.org/thorium-energy-conference-2012, which is entirely appropriate, because China is taking the lead in exploring fresh approaches to nuclear fission in its quest for sustainable, environment-responsible energy that can be delivered reliably and in quantity.
The Chinese initiated action to find viable energy sources significant enough to wean the country off its dependence on carbon-based energy. The large amounts of Thorium being produced as a by-product of its rare earth mining operations, is a further incentive. ThEC12 is being partnered by the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP) – a senior academic institution of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), which has been given specific responsibility for the Thorium Energy utilization programme in China.
The initative in China makes us believe that the Thorium Energy implementation door against which we’ve been pushing, may finally be starting to open.
Next week’s edition of New Scientist (cover date 26 May 2012) includes a feature article by James Mitchell Crow entitled “Waste not, want not” about the management of nuclear waste, accelerator-driven systems and the thorium fuel cycle.
The Biochemical Society hosted a Climate Week debate on the future of nuclear energy last week. You can hear a recording by following the link below:
Science Question Time: The Nuclear Debate
On ‘Costing the Earth’, Julian Rush considers the potential of the thorium cycle to meet the long-term energy needs of the world.
Corinne Burns in the Guardian interviews Huddersfield’s Professor Bob Cywinski about the potential of Thorium ADSRs, and how the recent EMMA accelerator demonstration at Daresbury Laboratory can help.
AREVA, the global nuclear power industry leader and a major player in the renewable energy sector, has signed a collaboration agreement with the Dalton Nuclear Institute.
Sir David King tells the Guardian today that the UK cannot meet its carbon reduction targets without using the UK stockpile of plutonium. In a report published today, Sir David favours the use of mixed-oxide fuel, but notes the potential to use plutonium to seed thorium-cycle reactors of the future.