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Nuclear Power Without the Nasties

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 28 February 2012

The Fukushima disaster in Japan brought the nuclear revival to a juddering halt. But what if there was a cheaper, safer way to create nuclear energy?

Thorium is an abundant radioactive element that offers the prospect of producing power without the danger of reactor meltdowns or the enormous amounts of long-lived waste left behind by conventional nuclear power plants. The Chinese and Indian governments have advanced plans for thorium reactors whilst French and British scientists are already developing the technology that can turn the theory into commercial reality.

In 'Costing the Earth' Julian Rush investigates the prospects for a new wave of 'safe' nuclear energy.

  • Professor Susan Smith introduces Julian Rush to EMMA

    Professor Susan Smith introduces Julian Rush to EMMA

    The Electron Machine With Many Applications is an important test-bed for developments in accelerator-driven thorium reactors.

    Science and Technology Facilities Council


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