SuperFuel: Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future
St. Martin's Press, 08.05.2012 - 272 Seiten
A riveting look at how an alternative source of energy is revoluntionising nuclear power, promising a safe and clean future for millions, and why thorium was sidelined at the height of the Cold War
In this groundbreaking account of an energy revolution in the making, award-winning science writer Richard Martin introduces us to thorium, a radioactive element and alternative nuclear fuel that is far safer, cleaner, and more abundant than uranium.
At the dawn of the Atomic Age, thorium and uranium seemed to be in close competition as the fuel of the future. Uranium, with its ability to undergo fission and produce explosive material for atomic weapons, won out over its more pacific sister element, relegating thorium to the dustbin of science.
Now, as we grapple with the perils of nuclear energy and rogue atomic weapons, and mankind confronts the specter of global climate change, thorium is re-emerging as the overlooked energy source as a small group of activists and outsiders is working, with the help of Silicon Valley investors, to build a thorium-power industry.
In the first book mainstream book to tackle these issues, Superfuel is a story of rediscovery of a long lost technology that has the power to transform the world's future, and the story of the pacifists, who were sidelined in favour of atomic weapon hawks, but who can wean us off our fossil-fuel addiction and avert the risk of nuclear meltdown for ever.
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - IslandDave - LibraryThing
Richard Martin brings the reader a look at a source of energy that has largely been ignored a primary option: thorium nuclear power. The history of thorium as an energy source is an energy one, and ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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Superfuel: Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future explores the history of the 90th element on the periodic table. The author provides a powerful case for using thorium as a superfuel. It was ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
1 The Lost Book of Thorium Power
2 The Thunder Element
3 The Only Safe Reactor
4 Rickover and Weinberg
5 The Birth of Nuclear Power
6 The End of Nuclear Power
7 The Asian Nuclear Power Race