The Myth Behind Thorium Car, Thorium Plasma Batteries
29-09-2016 6:01am | by Web Desk
The Real Story Behind The Car That Can Run For 100 years, Myth and Facts Behind Thorium Car, Thorium Plasma Batteries
World is a place of innovation, people are on the verge of new discovery that can change the fate and lifestyle of local consumer any day. Such a kind of revolutionary idea flying through internet for quite some time is a Thorium powered laser car, which can run for hundreds of year with 8 grams of thorium. But actually this is a myth with little chance of success.
These claims are exciting, and people would generally love a car which can run from 100 years with so little fuel. Without worrying about the problem of pollution and global oil prices .
Nonetheless the truth is Thorium car is as good as an unicorn. It’s a stuff of dreams, where using science and borderlines assumption they have woven a myth and created an internet unicorn which is quite a hit.
So lets get’s into fact that what we need, a minimum of 150 kilo watts of energy is needed to run a medium size car. Now NASA, have achieved this by running the curiosity rover in mars in night through radioisotope thermoelectric generator, which generate electricity from decaying plutonium. With 4.8 kg of plutonium powered the curiosity, to a 2 kilowatts of energy.
So we need a minimum of 150 kilowatts, and NASA is out of picture. Other than that, this kind of energy is not controlled we can not stop or start it. It is a constant source of energy. So we have to the run the reactor in our car for lifetime.
So it is simple that the thorium powered car is not feasible as it will not able to provide that amount of energy for a car to run.
That is not all, the unicorn status of this car continues as the idea proposed for this car was that a thorium powered reactor would power a laser which would again heat a water source to provide enough steam for the turbines in the car to run.
But only laser which is capable of providing this kind energy is MIRACL(Mid-Infrared Advanced Chemical Laser) used by US navy. But it is not powered by the heat of the thorium reactors but from burning exotic gas/fuel like nitrogen trifluoride or mixture of helium and hydrogen or deuterium gas.
So you see this kind of thorium car is really a myth, created for the internet frenzy and without the knowledge of the science which they said would make this car a reality.
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