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T.E.A. Resources


Thorium Text Book and Museum Display Project

Thorium MSR Text Book & Museum Exhibits
Help Ondrej Chvála, Magdi Ragheb, Joe Bonometti, and the TEA create Thorium Textbooks and Museum Exhibits to teach the future Nuclear Engineers about MSR. Any amount will be greatly appreciated.


ORNL Thorium Molten Salt Reactor Experiment Researchers - Dick Engel & Syd Ball - Dinner & Interview

Panel discussion: "Commercializing Small Modular Reactors 2012 - Perspectives of Non-LWR and Advanced SMR Technology Developers on Commercialization Needs".


THE THORIUM PROBLEM
Danger of existing thorium regulation to U.S. manufacturing and energy sector.

Get the TEAC4 DVD. The best of all of the Fourth Thorium Energy Alliance Conference lectures can be seen on this single easy to view DVD. Almost all videos are captioned (press subtitle button on your DVD remote). Pick up your copy here.

Get the TEAC3 DVD. The best of all of the Third Thorium Energy Alliance Conference lectures can be seen on this single easy to view DVD. Pick up your copy here.

Thorium energy can help us check CO2 and global warming, cut deadly air pollution, provide inexhaustible energy, and increase human prosperity. Our world is beset by global warming, pollution, resource conflicts, and energy poverty. Millions die from coal plant emissions. We war over mideast oil. Food supplies from sea and land are threatened. Developing nations' growth exacerbates the crises. Few nations will adopt carbon taxes or energy policies against their economic self-interests to reduce global CO2 emissions. Energy cheaper than coal will dissuade all nations from burning coal. Innovative thorium energy uses economic persuasion to end the pollution, to provide energy and prosperity to impoverished peoples, and to create energy security for all people for all time.
The book was released July 25, 2012 and is now available in paperback. Order your copy now at Amazon.com


Now, as the world searches for cheap, non-carbon-emitting energy sources, thorium is reemerging as an overlooked solution. As one of the first energy experts to promote the development of thorium, award-winning science writer Richard Martin combines science, new historical research, and a gripping business narrative to tell the untold story of thorium power – and show how we can wean ourselves off our fossil-fuel addiction, deliver a safe energy source for a millennia, and avert the risk of nuclear meltdown.
Richard Martin was the first to write about thorium in the mainstream press. His feature story in Wired catalyzed the thorium power movement. An award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Time, Fortune, The Atlantic, and The Best Science Writing, Martin is the editorial director of Pike Research, a leading clean-energy firm.
The book was released May 8, 2012 and is now availble in paperback. Order your copy now at Amazon.com



See the new Trailer for the upcoming movie 'The Good Reactor'. Visit the website thoriumdocumentary.com to learn more.


Motherboard TV produced this terrific and very informative documentary 'The Thorium Dream'. Interviews were conducted at the Third Thorium Energy Alliance Conference held in Washington DC in May 2011. Please take the time to watch it.


  • Thorium is more abundant in nature than uranium.
  • It is fertile rather than fissile, and can only be used as a fuel in conjunction with a fissile material such as recycled plutonium.
  • Thorium fuels can breed fissile uranium-233 to be used in various kinds of nuclear reactors.
  • Molten salt reactors are well suited to thorium fuel, as normal fuel fabrication is avoided.

Find much more info here.


Popular Science Magazine publishes an article detailing the Thorium Molten Salt Reactor in the July 2011 issue. See the article here.



A team of Irish filmmakers attended the May 2011 Conference to further their research and aide in their pursuit to produce the investigative documentary ‘The Good Reactor’. See the introduction below. Visit their website thoriumdocumentary.com to learn more.

"An alternative to conventional uranium and plutonium reactors would be immune to the problems that have plagued the Fukushima nuclear power plant" See the article here.




Dear Mr. President:
I am pleased to submit herewith the report resulting from our "new and hard look at the role of nuclear power in our economy," as requested by you on March 17, 1962.
...nuclear power promises to supply the vast amounts of energy that this Nation will require for many generations to come, and it probably will provide a significant reduction in the national costs for electrical power. See the paper here.
Be patient while the PDF loads as it is a large file.





Who thinks nuclear power is safe? Safe, clean and affordable power for this generation and the next can be acheived with a hitherto little known type of nuclear power – the Thorium Reactor. See the article here.


CNBC mentions TEA in the article seen here.

John Kutsch Presents at the SMR Conference - Oct 18,19 (9 min)

John Kutsch Presents to the Blue Ribbon Commission (5 min)

Kirk Sorenson Presents to the Blue Ribbon Commission (4 min)

Rod Adams Presents to the Blue Ribbon Commission (5 min)

Robert Hargraves and Ralph Moir write a terrific article for American Scientist seen here.

Dave LeBlanc writes a terrific article for Mechanical Engineering magazine seen here.


"Rare-earth elements are critical components in the great majority of America’s high-tech commercial and military products."
Rare-earth elements are used in everything from TVs and cell phones to hybrid cars and sattelites. The US is 100% import dependant on rare-earths. More, rare-earths and thorium go hand in hand. See more here.

Kirk Sorenson writes a terrific article for Machine Design. See the article here.

"India said the world must revive research in utilizing thorium and join hands with them, the only country engaged in this endeavor, to ensure that energy is sustainable for the next few centuries."  "world must wake up"  See more here.

GQ magazine features an article that points out some of the nearly unbelievable benefits of using thorium as an energy source. See the article here.

WIRED magazine features an article about reviving the Molten Salt Reactor Program. See the article here.

C&E magazine mentions the Thorium Energy Alliance in this article about reintroducing thorium. See the article here.

An excellent article in Cosmos magazine that is certainly worth the read. See the article here.


The U.S. Department of Energy is quietly collaborating with China on an alternative nuclear power design known as a molten salt reactor that could run on thorium fuel rather than on more hazardous uranium, SmartPlanet understands.
DOE’s assistant secretary for nuclear energy Peter Lyons is co-chairing the partnership’s executive committee, along with Jiang Mianheng from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), according to a March presentation by CAS on thorium molten salt reactors. Beijing-based CAS is a state group overseeing about 100 research institutes. It and the DOE have established what CAS calls the “CAS and DOE Nuclear Energy Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding.”
Read more here.


Kun Chen from Chinese Academy of Sciences
China Thorium Molten Salt Reactor TMSR Program

Two dozen members of Parliament from all major parties have formed an informal committee to study the potential of thorium reactors, according to a thorium advocacy group led by a member of the House of Lords.
“If there is a safer ‘green nuclear’ alternative, which also effectively tackles waste, proliferation and energy security, we have a responsibility to future generations to examine it,” Worthington said.
See the article here.

Sino-Saudi relations are set to get stronger as both nations have a preference for government-to-government trade alliances. Both are widening their political nets, which calls on the US and European nuclear supply chains to build better Sino and Saudi business relationships.
See the article here.


China and Saudi Arabia have forged an alliance on developing nuclear power.
The Saudis could not have picked a better partner than "China, which is working on the most ambitious plans in the world to boost its nuclear energy capability by 2035 is so far beyond other nations..."
"China is pursuing alternatives to the traditional uranium-fueled nuclear power – such as reactors that run on thorium fuel, or that use unconventional designs such as fast neutron, molten salt and pebble bed." See the article here.

China may be taking the lead on thorium power. See the article here.

Russia and India are on their merry Thorium way. See the article here.

Bond, Bayh introduce rare earth legislation. See the article here.

With the support of Senator Bond, Jim Kennedy visits with the Brazilian Ministry of Trade and Natural Resources to discuss the development of a "Consortia Rare Earth Refinery".



Many of our members have been writing letters to our Senators, Congressmen, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and even University Presidents asking that they consider the benefits and needs for establishing a thorium economy. We ask that you do the same. Here you can see an example of a letter that Dr. Cannara addressed to the AAAS and the White House. Below you can see a video that Bryan Hallez, a student at the University of Cincinnati, posted on youtube. In fact, Bryan, and fellow students, built a website around the cause (thorium.mine.nu). We encourage everyone to help inform the world about thorium.





An ABC News Online article that points out how safe thorium really is. See the article here.


John Kutsch presents to The College of Complexes


We are approaching a monumental step in securing a thorium future. Rare-Earth/Thorium legislation will be submitted to Congress in the very near future. We ask for your support. Write a letter to your Congressional Representative. Believe it or not, our letters are read. Especially when a flood of letters are delivered. Help us educate Congress by sending a letter similar to the one you see here.

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A great summary of the benefits of Thorium energy.
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Proposed Thorium Molten Salt Reactor as published in Popular Science Magazine. Click on image below to view full size.


The Thorium reactor is the best and cleanest way to produce both pure plutonium 238 (the power source for all deep space probes) and the rare medical isotopes that can be used in novel cures for Cancer. We are essentially out of both. Now, uranium 233 is necessary to start a thorium reactor but our stockpile of uranium 233 is currently under contract to be destroyed. Save the uranium 233 and we'll have a clean efficient way to produce Pu-238 and medical isotopes. ...and, of course, ENERGY!

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Radiation dose is put into perspective.

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"almost all the mainstream green organizations take money, and in turn they offer praise, even when the money comes from the companies causing environmental devastation"

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Distribution of Source Material to Exempt Persons and to General Licensees and Revision of General License and Exemptions

This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Seeks Public Comment On Proposed Changes To Regulations On Distribution Of Uranium And Thorium.
The rule would also modify the existing possession and use requirements for the general license to possess source material. Current NRC regulations allow commercial and industrial firms, research, education and medical institutions, and federal, state and local government agencies to use and transfer up to 15 pounds of source material at any one time, and up to 150 pounds in any one calendar year.

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Molten salt reactors have seen a marked resurgence of interest over the past decade, highlighted by their inclusion as one of six Generation IV reactor types. The most active development period however was between the mid 1950s and early 1970s at Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) and any new re-examination of this concept must bear in mind the far different priorities then in place. High breeding ratios and short doubling times were paramount and this guided the evolution of the Molten Salt Breeder Reactor (MSBR) program. As the inherent advantages of the molten salt concept have become apparent to an increasing number of researchers worldwide it is important to not simply look to continue where ORNL left off but to return to basics in order to offer the best design using updated goals and abilities. Read on...

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This study investigates the transmutation properties of a critical Molten Salt Reactor(MSR) and compares them against those of three types of solid fuel reactors – Lead cooled Fast Reactor (LFR), Sodium cooled Fast Reactor (SFR) and a PWR. A consistent comparison was made of the effect of the different reactor spectra. It was found that the fast reactors spectrum gives the best transmutation performance followed by the MSR and PWR spectra. Read on...

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To examine and demonstrate the feasibility of molten salt reactors to reduce long lived waste toxicity and to produce efficiently electricity in closed fuel cycle some national and international studies were initiated last years. In this paper main focus is placed on experimental and theoretical evaluation of single stream MOlten Salt Actinide Recycler & Transmuter (MOSART) system fuelled with compositions of plutonium plus minor actinide trifluorides (AnF3) from PWR spent fuel without U-Th support. The paper summarizes the most current status of the MOSART design data received within ISTC#1606 phase 2.

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See a brief summary of the waste associated with uranium-fueled power generation and the thorium solution.

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See the sources of CO2 emissions. You'll be surprised!

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Thorium brochure with TEA info.

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Is thorium really that abundant? See for yourself. And the best part is... mining and refining thorium is not harmful to the environment like coal and uranium are.

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Molten Salt Reactor 101.

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An example of a complete thorium reactor power plant.

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