In 1968 DBI initiated research on the packaging of thorium in order to produce hydrogen as an energy carrier, and thus create a new commodity in thorium as an energy source. DBI has continued advancing its thorium program, beginning its ongoing concentrations on nuclear vessels and biomass to produce a commodity for the replacement of gasoline.
DBI has a portable reactor concept where small energy booster modules get integrated into existing nuclear and fossil fuel power generation plants The low cost is assisted by using the host company’s existing Environmental Impact Report to operate under a conditional permit. DBI won’t ask the host plant for any money; instead, DBI will pay the host plant to assist in monitoring the plant facilities, connection to the power grid, and as incentive just to implement the technology.
As an example of magnitude, a conventional 10-MW steam power plant circulating 300,000 lbs./hour will produce a certain amount of air pollution, as determined by combustion efficiency and type of fuel used. If that same plant is supplied with 90,000 lbs./hour by the portable DBI Thorium Reactor program and only 210,000 lbs./hour by burning other fuels, the reduction in air pollution from combustion products could be as much as 30%. It would also reduce the production of global warming gases.
Although the DBI design is not the ideal thorium design it would be superior to uranium nuclear power with 90% less waste, no refueling, improved safety, non-proliferation benefits and lower costs.