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U.S. Researcher: Cars Powered by Thorium
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U.S. Researcher Preparing Prototype Cars Powered by Heavy-Metal Thorium

By Keith Nuthall, Aug 11, 2011 9:21 AM

The key to the system developed by inventor Charles Stevens, CEO and chairman of Connecticut-based Laser Power Systems, is that when silvery metal thorium is heated by an external source, becomes it is so dense its molecules give off considerable heat.

Small blocks of thorium generate heat surges that are configured as a thorium-based laser, Stevens tells Wards. These create steam from water within mini-turbines, generating electricity to drive a car.

A 250 KW unit weighing about 500 lbs. (227 kg) would be small and light enough to drop under the hood of a car, he says.


Because thorium is so dense, similar to uranium, it stores considerable potential energy: 1 gm of thorium equals the energy of 7,500 gallons (28,391 L) of gasoline Stevens says. So, using just 8 gm of thorium in a car should mean it would never need refueling.
Thorium has highest melting point of all oxides at 3,182 F.

Did I fail to mention that the car will run for a million miles without need of refueling...
What about radioactivity? LPS says Thoriums low levels could be blocked with aluminum foil. Yes, tinfoil. Terrorism? Because the Thorium is not superheated, it does not produce fissile material. Where does Thorium come from? Lets just say the US has the worlds largest known reserves. General safety? The U.S. Geological Surveys former senior advisor on rare earths calls the concept both plausible and sensible. So why arent we driving around thorium-laser-turbine EVs already? According to LPS CEO Charles Stevens.

The issue is having a customized application that is purpose-made, he says, admitting that developing a portable and usable turbine and generator is proving to be a tougher task than the laser-thorium unit.

How do you take the laser and put these things together efficiently? he asks rhetorically. But once that is achieved, This car will run for a million miles. The car will wear out before the engine. There is no oil, no emissions nothing.
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