Laser Power Systems has created a concept for a thorium-powered car engine that would power your vehicle for 100 years.
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I heard of this nuclear fission a fews years back at Massy University in NewZealand 1996 how this atom could be the new energy of the world in the future...I didnt believe this twenty eight years ago and now it is a reality...wow how could this be?
If I had heard this back in 1996 and the US government evolved it in the 60s this could determine a new source of energy to power the globe.
Cadillac have designed the worlds first thorium powered concept vehicle how will impact fossil fuels of today in cars. Will? Fossil fuels become obselete in the near future?.
The thing is, Dr. Charles Stevens, the CEO of Laser Power Systems, told Mashable that thorium engines won't be in cars anytime soon.
"Cars are not our primary interest," Stevens said. "The automakers don't want to buy them."
He said too much of the automobile industry is focused on making money off of gas engines, and it will take at least a couple decades for thorium technology to be used enough in other industries that vehicle manufacturers will begin to consider revamping the way they think about engines.
"We're building this to power the rest of the world," Stevens said. He believes a thorium turbine about the size of an air conditioning unit could more provide cheap power for whole restaurants, hotels, office buildings, even small towns in areas of the world without electricity. At some point, thorium could power individual homes.
Stevens understands that people may be wary of Thorium because it is radioactive — but any such worry would be unfounded.
"The radiation that we develop off of one of these things can be shielded by a single sheet off of aluminum foil," Stevens said." "You will get more radiation from one of those dental X-rays than this."