02 Proton and Ion Accelerators and Applications
2F Industrial and Medical Accelerators
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TUPB077 Thorium Energy 651
  • S. Peggs
    BNL, Upton, Long Island, New York, USA
  • R. Cywinski, R. Seviour
    University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
  • S. Peggs
    ESS, Lund, Sweden
  The potential for using thorium as an alternative or supplement for uranium in fission power generation has long been recognised, with growing concerns over nuclear waste, safety and proliferation. Thorium may be used in solid fuel form, or in molten salt systems. In some approaches the fuel can incorporate components from spent nuclear fuel (minor actinides, plutonium) to also serve a transmutation function. We consider the benefits and drawbacks of using an accelerator driven subcritical system, for both solid fuel and molten salt cases, in particular addressing the power and reliability requirements of the accelerator. We outline the research that will be necessary to lead to an informed choice.