Cadillac World Thorium Fuel Concept for the 100th anniversary of Cadillac, created by designer Loren Kulesus. This concept features create to last 100 years without maintenance and without gas.
This vehicle is designed to last 100 years without a fuel-up. The surplus power generated from its Thorium reactor can be used to give back to the grid, power a neighborhood, or recharge other electric battery-equipped devices. Designed with safety in mind, the reactor has multiple scuttle devices to poison the sub-critical reaction in case of extreme abuse, and the reactor’s exterior is designed to withstand all unauthorized or accidental tampering.A US company says it will have a nuclear-powered prototype vehicle on the road within two years.Laser Power Systems from Connecticut is developing a method of propulsion that uses thorium to produce electricity to power a car engine.
Thorium is an element similar to uranium and because it is such a dense material it has the potential to produce massive amounts of heat.According to Laser Power Systems CEO, Charles Stevens, just one gram of thorium produces more energy than 28,000 litres of petrol. Mr Stevens says just eight grams of thorium would be enough to power a vehicle for its entire life.In an interview with Ward’s Auto, he explained small pieces of thorium were used to generate heat and were positioned to create a thorium laser. The lasers heat water to produce steam and power a series of mini-turbines.An engine weighing approximately 227kg would be light enough and compact enough to fit under the bonnet of a conventional car.If thorium does become a major power source of the future, Australia would be well placed to become a global energy giant.According to the US Geological Survey, Australia has the second highest level of thorium in the world with 333,690 tonnes – accounting for somewhere between one quarter and one sixth of the world’s thorium reserves.
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