Thorium fueled engine

Thorium Concept Car - Image Courtesy

Maggie has shared a couple (here, here) articles on Thorium as a super-fuel. This sounds like a fantastic implementation!

Via IndustryTap:

Laser Power Systems (LPS) from Connecticut, USA, is developing a new method of automotive propulsion with one of the most dense materials known in nature: thorium. Because thorium is so dense it has the potential to produce tremendous amounts of heat. The company has been experimenting with small bits of thorium, creating a laser that heats water, produces steam and powers a mini turbine.

Current models of the engine weigh 500 pounds, easily fitting into the engine area of a conventionally-designed vehicle. According to CEO Charles Stevens, just one gram of the substance yields more energy than 7,396 gallons (28,000 L) of gasoline and 8 grams would power the typical car for a century.

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  1. Are you telling me that this sucker is NUCLEAR?

  2. Enkidu says:

    You can power that car with human sacrifices and I'd still want it.

  3. I admire the complete avoidance of the whole "runs on radioactivity" angle. It's the density of thorium that does the trick, see? Chutzpastic.

  4. I'm always amazed by the marketing thought process that goes into making "concept cars" that look so insane. I suppose it is to make it look like THE FUTURE, but really it just makes it look like another dumb idea that will never actually get built - some grad student's wet dream where they spent 10% of the time researching the technology, and 90% in 3DSMAX to get it to look right.

    Show me a four-door sedan with a child seat in it that is powered by Thorium, then I'll take a second look.

  5. Well, any energy shortfalls would be covered by the Steorn Orbo generator in the back.

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