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8 grams of thorium could replace gasoline in cars

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 3 years ago

Power 3

An anonymous reader writes "Thorium, an abundant and radioactive rare earth mineral, used in conjunction with a laser and mini turbines could easily produce enough electricity to power a vehicle. When thorium is heated it causes heat surges allowing it to be coupled with mini turbines producing steam that can then be used to generate electricity. Combining a laser, radioactive material, and mini-turbines might sound like a complicated alternative solution to filling your gas tank, but there’s one feature that sells it as a great alternative solution: 1 gram of thorium produces the equivalent of 7,500 gallons of gasoline."
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Hmmm.. (1)

pdfsmail (2423750) | more than 3 years ago | (#37068748)

Cost.. I am not worried about radioactive.. a lot of medical items are radio active.. so are bananas... Cost is the issue... When I buy the car will I have to pay the equivelent of 7,500 gallons of gas per gram of thorium? What kind of mechanic would we need to fix it if it broke down? Would it be reliable? ok, so one radioactive concern.. what if you wreck the car... will we have a miniature radioactive fallout? Just a few of several questions...
I do like the idea; however, provided that it won't break the bank.

Re:Hmmm.. (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#37069634)

Better to centralized it for electricity and have electric cars.

Think about the infrastructure in place to support gasoline, then at the details of using a highly radioactive element.

For you old time nerds(that's me too) (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#37069686)

"If only OPEC could see me now."

I couldn't find that specific clip, so here is the theme, in all its 'glory':
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeJs0_26XMk [youtube.com]

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