A US company says it will have a nuclear-powered prototype vehicle on the road within two years.
I am sure there will be more than a couple of regulations and red tape they will have to overcome, but the development has so many implications for all other transport needs and for power generation for micro-grids. Given the thousands of scientist working on thorium powered devices in Asia it is encouraging to see efforts like this in the west. It may be a more fantasy than fact at the moment. This appears to have lot of promise but is on my scam alert. It makes for a good weekend read.
Laser Power Systems from Connecticut is developing a method of propulsion that uses thorium to produce electricity to power a car engine.Thorium is an element similar to uranium and because it is such a dense material it has the potential to produce massive amounts of heat.
Laser Power Systems CEO, Charles Stevens, claims just one gram of thorium produces more energy than 28,000 liters of petrol. Mr Stevens says just eight grams of thorium would be enough to power a vehicle for its entire life. According to their website: http://www.laserpowersystems.com/
” With UNLIMITED POWER that is emissions free, and totally green. System sizes from 5 Kw to Megawatts that are cheap to build, safe to operate and can be used to power homes, business, transportation, cars, trucks, ships, military equipment, even planes and spacecraft. Thorium is the best alternative to oil, gas, coal and conventional Nuclear power plants and is the replacement technology internal combustion engines. The amount of free energy contained in thorium fuel is 20 million times the amount of free energy contained in a similar mass of chemical fuel such as coal, making thorium an ideal source of energy”
How It Works
It is claimed the key to the system is that when silvery metal thorium is heated by an external source, becomes it is so dense its molecules give off considerable heat. Small blocks of thorium generate heat surges that are configured as a thorium-based laser. These create steam from water within mini-turbines, generating electricity to drive a car. Stevens’ prototype systems generate electricity within 30 seconds of firing a laser. This can feed power into a car, without the need for storage.
Editors note: This may be one of many ways to harness the energy into electricity. What is being decribed here is possibly a controlled LENR reaction…..I wonder if they have measure any radioactivity?
A Long Way From Reality
In an interview with Ward’s Auto, he explained small pieces of thorium were used to generate heat and were positioned to create a thorium laser. The lasers heat water to produce steam and power a series of mini-turbines.Mr Stevens said an engine weighing approximately 227kg would be light enough and compact enough to fit under the bonnet of a conventional car.If it were that simple though, petrol would already be a thing of the past.Mr Steven said developing turbines and generators that were usable and portable was much more difficult than making the thorium lasers. “How do you take the laser and put these things together efficiently?” This is the question Mr Stevens and the 40 workers at Laser Power Systems are currently trying to answer.
There seems to be a lack of data or scientific peer reviewed reports, I will try and get an interview. As I always say..show me the data
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