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Thorium Energy for the World

Proceedings of the ThEC13 Conference, CERN, Globe of Science and Innovation, Geneva, Switzerland, October 27-31, 2013

  • Jean-Pierre Revol
  • Maurice Bourquin
  • Yacine Kadi
  • Egil Lillestol
  • Jean-Christophe de Mestral
  • Karel Samec
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lii
  2. Invited Speakers: Opening Talks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jean-Pierre Revol
      Pages 3-3
    3. Claude Haegi
      Pages 5-6
    4. Carlo Rubbia
      Pages 9-25
  3. Invited Speakers: National and International Thorium Programmes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Toshinobu Sasa
      Pages 45-49
    3. Uddharan Basak
      Pages 51-51
    4. Didier Haas, M. Hugon, M. Verwerft
      Pages 53-57
    5. P. K. Vijayan, I. V. Dulera, P. D. Krishnani, K. K. Vaze, S. Basu, R. K. Sinha
      Pages 59-69
  4. Invited Speakers: Innovative Thorium-Reactor Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Paul A. Madden, Mathieu Salanne
      Pages 111-116

About these proceedings


The Thorium Energy Conference (ThEC13) gathered some of the world’s leading experts on thorium technologies to review the possibility of destroying nuclear waste in the short term, and replacing the uranium fuel cycle in nuclear systems with the thorium fuel cycle in the long term. The latter would provide abundant, reliable and safe energy with no CO2 production, no air pollution, and minimal waste production.

The participants, representatives of 30 countries, included Carlo Rubbia, Nobel Prize Laureate in physics and inventor of the Energy Amplifier; Jack Steinberger, Nobel Prize Laureate in physics; Hans Blix, former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Rolf Heuer, Director General of CERN; Pascal Couchepin, former President of the Swiss Confederation; and Claude Haegi, President of the FEDRE, to name just a few.

The ThEC13 proceedings are a source of reference on the use of thorium for energy generation. They offer detailed technical reviews of the status of thorium energy technologies, from basic R&D to industrial developments.

They also describe how thorium can be used in critical reactors and in subcritical accelerator-driven systems (ADS), answering the important questions:

– Why is thorium so attractive and what is the role of innovation, in particular in the nuclear energy domain?

– What are the national and international R&D programs on thorium technologies and how are they progressing?

ThEC13 was organized jointly by the international Thorium Energy Committee (iThEC), an association based in Geneva, and the International Thorium Energy Organisation (IThEO). It was held in the Globe of Science and Innovation at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland, in October 2013.


Accelerator Driven Systems Accelerator Technology Destruction of Nuclear Waste Elimination of Nuclear Waste Safety Regulations of Thorium Systems ThEC13 Proceedings Thorium Energy Systems Thorium Energy Technologies Thorium Fuel Cycle Thorium Power Reactors Thorium Fuel Cycle and Non-proliferation Thorium Molten Salt Reactors Accelerator Developments

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean-Pierre Revol
    • 1
  • Maurice Bourquin
    • 2
  • Yacine Kadi
    • 3
  • Egil Lillestol
    • 4
  • Jean-Christophe de Mestral
    • 5
  • Karel Samec
    • 6
  1. 1.CERN PH DepartmentGeneva 23Switzerland
  2. 2.Physics DepartmentUniversity of GenevaGeneva 4Switzerland
  3. 3.CERN Engineering DepartmentGeneva 23Switzerland
  4. 4.CERN PH DepartmentGeneva 23Switzerland
  5. 5.AubonneSwitzerland
  6. 6.Technological Circuits DepartmentŘež Nuclear Research CentrePragueCzech Republic

About the editors

Editors : Jean-Pierre Revol, et al., International Thorium Energy Committee (iThEC), Rue François Dussaud 17, 1227 Genève Acacias, Switzerland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Thorium Energy for the World
  • Book Subtitle Proceedings of the ThEC13 Conference, CERN, Globe of Science and Innovation, Geneva, Switzerland, October 27-31, 2013
  • Editors Jean-Pierre Revol
    Maurice Bourquin
    Yacine Kadi
    Egil Lillestol
    Jean-Christophe de Mestral
    Karel Samec
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-26540-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-79968-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-26542-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages LII, 446
  • Number of Illustrations 31 b/w illustrations, 253 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Nuclear Physics, Heavy Ions, Hadrons
    Nuclear Energy
    Nuclear Energy
    Energy Systems
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