What is Thorium?

Any proper website about thorium power should start out by explaining what thorium is…

Thorium is an element, made at the creation of the universe, number 90 on the periodic table.  It is metallic and is as common as lead.  It is also very dense like lead and can be transmuted into uranium 233 in a nuclear reactor.  That ability is called “fertile”.  Uranium 233 can be split in a chain reaction in a nuclear reactor and release tremendous energy.  This is called fission.

There are a lot more geeky facts to do with thorium and molten salt reactors, and I will get to those in due course, but these are the basics of why thorium can be the energy of our future.

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