Today, arguably our biggest challenge is solving the world’s energy problem: how to provide everyone on Earth with affordable energy without contributing to climate change? If we look at what energy source has powered the world’s growth in the last 10 years we can clearly see that it is fossil fuels like coal and gas, not wind and solar as we have hoped for and how the media has portrayed it.
However, just as Dr. Alvin Weinberg predicted during the height of anti-nuclear movement in the 1980s that there would be a ‘Second Nuclear Era’, the world is today rediscovering thorium as the best available energy source for affordable and clean energy.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory has published an interesting video showing its vision and work from the ‘glory days’.
The film was produced in 1969 by ORNL for the United States Atomic Energy Commission to inform the public regarding the history, technology, and milestones of the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment (MSRE). Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Molten Salt Reactor Experiment was designed to assess the viability of liquid fuel reactor technologies for use in commercial power generation. It operated from January 1965 through December 1969, logging more than 13,000 hours at full power during its four-year run. The MSRE was designated a nuclear historic landmark in 1994.
When you look at what drives yourself and all the world’s organizations it is worth thinking of a thoughtful comment Dr. A. Weinberg (MSRE leader) made a long time ago. He questioned, ‘Can a frugal, energy-starved world flourish without social strife, largely resulting from scarcity and want?’
Source Thorium Energy World