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Feasibility and Desirability of Employing the Thorium Fuel Cycle for Power Generation

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Use of the thorium fuel cycle for nuclear power generation has been considered since the very start of the nuclear power era. In spite of a large amount of research, experimentation, pilot-scale and prototypic-scale installations, thorium fuel has not been adopted for large-scale power generation (Loewenstein and Sehgal in Trans Am Nuclear Soc, 27:312, 1977 [1]; Sehgal in The application of thorium in fast breeder reactors and in cross-progeny fuel cycles, NARA, Japan, 1982 [2]). This paper reviews the developments over the years on the front and the back ends of the thorium fuel cycle and describes the pros and cons of employing the thorium fuel cycle for large-scale generation of nuclear power. It examines the feasibility and desirability of employing the thorium fuel cycle in concert with the uranium fuel cycle for power generation.

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Sehgal, B.R. (2016). Feasibility and Desirability of Employing the Thorium Fuel Cycle for Power Generation. In: Revol, JP., Bourquin, M., Kadi, Y., Lillestol, E., de Mestral, JC., Samec, K. (eds) Thorium Energy for the World. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-26542-1_12

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