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Stevens has worked out you’d require a 227kg, 250MW thorium engine in order to power a typical road car. Within that system 1 gram of thorium produces the equivalent of 7,500 gallons of gasoline. So if you fit the Thorium engine with 8 grams of Thorium, it will run the vehicle for its entire lifetime without needing to be refueled while all the time not producing any emissions. The engine lasts so long in fact, that it could be taken from one vehicle and used in another as and when they wear out.

Absolute genius. It's safe, plentiful, and works like a charm. It's less toxic than Gasoline even.
Better start investing while you have a chance. biggrin.gif
Edited by frickfrock999 - 8/12/11 at 7:15am
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But would the oil companies let this happen?
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Originally Posted by Playapplepie;14557131 
But would the oil companies let this happen?

Once the oil runs out, they'll be looking for a new resource to make money.
Not only will they allow it, they'll encourage it.
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Originally Posted by frickfrock99;14557142 
Once the oil runs out, they'll be looking for a new resource to make money.
Not only will they allow it, they'll encourage it.

Yea, once the oil runs out in how many years? 50? We need this kind of thing now. Not in 50 years.
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Originally Posted by Playapplepie;14557131 
But would the oil companies let this happen?

Oil companies are well aware of the fact that oil is finite; they are heavily researching alternatives (and buying start-ups/crushing start-ups) along the way.

Apparently thorium in its natural state is about as plentiful as lead. But 250MW? As in megawatts? That's ALOT of power, even for nuclear.
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Stevens admits that his biggest hurdle isn’t the thorium and laser aspects of the system, but the mini turbines which have to be made small enough to fit inside a vehicle while generating enough electricity. Even so, Stevens believes he’ll have a working prototype by 2014 and the potential to not only replace, but improve upon the gasoline-powered engines we rely on today.

Also, it's insta-cancer if you inhale it.
Edited by Eugenester - 8/12/11 at 7:35am
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Once the oil runs out, they'll be looking for a new resource to make money.
Not only will they allow it, they'll encourage it.

True. But Stevens said he may have a working prototype by 2014. If he gains enough support with that, I would think oil companies would see this as a threat before oil runs out.
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Originally Posted by Playapplepie;14557167 
I would think oil companies would see this as a threat before oil runs out.

People said the same thing about Joule and their renewable fossil fuels. They're still around and have been growing immensely. Gaining both public support and financial funding.

http://www.jouleunlimited.com/
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Damn that car looks SWEET!
     
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On one hand I want to scream "Omg this is awesome!" I was always wondering what would probably replace fossil-fuel burning engines. I hope this is the answer and I am soo glad I didn't invest in an electric car yet...

On the other hand I feel sorry for anybody in the gas/oil/car business because you will most likely be loosing your job.

One question what happens to long-haul truckers and other big transport people that depends on high torque and horsepower engines do they just say stick with diesel? ( I am pretty sure this was a stupid question...this thorium solution most likely is used for the 90% of people that just use a car or only need a car. )

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Just like with solar and electric solutions I am sure that they will raise the cost of 8grams of thorium to be like a $100,000 or something like that so they can still have their profit.
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Originally Posted by xxicrimsonixx;14557191 
Damn that car looks SWEET!

That's Cadillac's Thorium car. I'm guessing they have a whole stable of those. tongue.gif
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