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So I have not posted for a while, but the last week I have been reading up on ‘Thorium Energy’ and it has me thinking; why o why have we not got this technology. Because we should!!

Thorium energy is a little like nuclear but nothing like nuclear at the same time. Its clean leaving only 1% waste compared to 99% for uranium, its safe no melt downs, it could be cheap once its been delevloped, its green(ish) more so than coal and oil that for sure, its sustainable(ish), it’s abundant, its a high-Density source (½ Oz. Thorium could run 1 American’s life for 1 decade), unlike solar, wind, wave/tide, geothermal which are all Low-density (my analigery:- think of trying to heat a room with computers, you could but would need 20 or 30 computer all running at the same time, low-density! Thorium would be the small but powerfull heater in this analigery). Thorium can provide the HUGE qualnties of energy the world needs which solar and wind just cant do without taking over vast areas of land which is something we dont have. BUT it needs to be developed which mean time and money.

A little history of the technology:- Orginally back in 40’s/50’s when nuclear technology was first developed Thorium was one option along side Uranium but it was shelved as Thorium could not be used to make weaponry as Uranium and Plutonium can. To watch a short video about Thorium energy on go here.

 

I should add this technology does work, from the ’50s through the early ’70s a US scientist called Alvin Weinberg tested the technology at Oak Ridge, USA, and made a working prototype. So why has this technology not been developed? Poloatics and cold war with USSR lead to uranium-fueled reactor. Why has the technolgy still to this day not been developed? I can only think the Oil and nuclear industrys and politisions have had a good ride making stupendous piles of money and they don’t want it to rock the boat. I could try make out a conspiracy theory but I wont all I will say is if the goverment wont spend and the oil/nuclear companies wont spend how will this techology get developed? Why its simple China or India will develope it and sell it to us for a large price (if they sell it). But there is another option the people could stand up and say no, we want this technolgy we need this techolgy! This has already started in an open source kind of way (power to the people). There are some good people out there working hard to promote this technology as every few people know about it at present. Here is a short list of some of these people I have read about the last few days (in no particular order).

Prof Robert Cywinski – Founder member of the Thorium Energy Amplifer Assoication (Thorea)

Kirk Sorensen – Ex Nasa scientist who runs the energyfromthorium blog which has a twitter and facebook page.

Baroness Worthington – Founder of sandbag.org.uk which discusses climate change. The Baroness helps spread the word of the good ship Thorium in the house of lords and her twitter account.

These are just a few of the names that have poped out while reading about Thorium but there is also an alliance of scientist calling themselves thorium energy alliance.

If you worry about the carbon based society we are living in and wonder what will be left for our kids generation (because I do). Then you might ask yourself what can I do to help I am not a scientist, well that is the question I have asked myself since finding out about Thorium energy and the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) and the best answer is to read up and then spread the word. ‘Like’ the energyformthorium facebook page, tell your friends about it. If you hold a position in the education system promote adding Thorium to school and university courses which do not discuss the topic, we will need a generation of scientist the understand the technology. If you have a blog site that gets lots of hits or some other way to get the word out. Or if you have money you might consider contacting one of the persons above to see if they need funding, I have not doubt that money will be one of the main issues holding back this technology.  


So following a theme ‘power usage’ which keeps inline with my post about my current cost; which is great by the way. I have another related website to talk about today. If any of you know anything about energy production, consumption, storage etc you will know its a very interesting field to look into. There has been a shift through the year over how the UK has produced it power; from the image below you can see we have lent towards natural gas in recent years.

The worrying thing for me is that alternative sources of energy are contained with in the green 2% marked other. Not only is the UK not producing by alternative sources at the scale of other countries but it is also importing a large amount of its fuel. The cart below shows UK energy production (dotted line) and consumption (red line) 1970 to 2008.

While the UK does not have the luxury of large hills and rivers for hydro or masses of open space for wind farms or the level of day time sunshine to make solar worthwhile. We do still have options. This is a large subject and not one I could do justice to in one post so I want to focus in on one option for alternative ernergy production called Micro Generation.

There has been allot of talk the last few years as micro generation has been brought to the masses or maybe to the average household. Even through the technology has been around in one form or another for some years it has not really been picked up by many people due to the large cost of setup and the possibility that it would not pay itself back or new technology would come out that was more efficient and cheaper. So yes the technology has moved on slowly and with use of geverment grants a number of families and businesses have started to produce their own power. But the figures are very low not lest because energy sold back to the national grid pays a pittance.

So on to the reason for writing this post in the first place. If you are interested in generating energy at home but are not sure if its for you (you are not alone) then you will be interested in the power predictor sold on the better generation website. This cleaver little bit of kit allows you to take data for wind and solar at your property. They also have a website which allows you to upload the data you have captured on an SD card and upload it to compare with other power prediction users.

I won’t go into more detail now as this post is getting long enough but what a what of the video which explain the product. Remember to bookmark so you can find me again in the future.

Welcome to my new blog, I have been running a number of blogs for clients for sometime but not my own. With many throughts or solutions for tech/web/design related issues coming my way on a daily basis I thought it about time I started to write them down.  Hope you find useful.