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energyInterview Clarifies Current Situation With Thorcon and the Indonesian Government

Nextbigfuture interviewed Robert Hargraves of Thorcon to clarify some information about the status of the revolutionary Thorcon molten salt nuclear reactor and the implications of the new agreement with PAL Indonesia. There is good technical progress on this very promising …

carsLow Energy Return Will Not Cause a Collapse

A scenario where a modern society could collapse is if the energy returned from new energy sources drops below critical levels. Clearly, if you spend more energy to build a new reactor or solar farm than what the reactor produces …

energyIndonesia and Thorcon Will Build a Mass Production Next-generation Molten Salt Reactor

Indonesia’s state company PT PAL Indonesia signed an agreement with next-generation molten salt nuclear energy company Thorcon International Pte Ltd for a development study and construction of a 500-megawatt reactor. Thorcon still needs to raise more funds to build the …

elon musk2015 Journey To Space is a RetroFuture

Retrofuturism shows the future produced in an earlier era. Futurism is anticipating what will come and retrofuturism is remembering an outdated expectation. Journey to Space was made in 2015 and is looking at what Boeing and United Launch Alliance hoped …

energyDOE is Investing in Advanced Nuclear Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $49.3 million in nuclear energy research, facility access, crosscutting technology development, and infrastructure awards for 58 advanced nuclear technology projects in 25 states. The awards fall under DOE’s nuclear energy programs called …

energyClarifying What Commonwealth Fusion Systems Will Do

Steven B. Krivit points out that Commonwealth Fusion Systems will not get to true energy breakeven in 2025. The plans for the SPARC reactor specify a fusion power output of 50 to 100 MW of heat. Thermal power to heat …

climate changeFixing Energy and Transportation or Use Environmental Judo

Changing energy and transportation in the US in an expensive way will not by itself deflect world greenhouse gas emissions. It will cost about $50-200 per ton of CO2 doing it that way. And it will take many decades. The …

canadaCanada Will Demo, Deploy and Lead in SMR Nuclear Fission Reactors

Canada has one of the world’s most promising domestic markets for SMRs (Small Modular Reactors – nuclear fission). Conservative estimates place the potential value for SMRs in Canada at $5.3B between 2025 and 2040. Globally, the SMR market is much …