Thorium: Energy Cheaper Than Coal

Robert Hargraves, Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth (ILEAD), Dartmouth College

Friday, November 9, 2012, 3:30pm

Spanos Auditorium

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series.

Soaring energy costs limit prosperity in all nations. Developing nations especially require affordable electric energy to increase their standards of living. Because it is least expensive, many nations burn increasing amounts of coal to produce electricity, causing air pollution and emitting enough CO2 to foment a global warming disaster. Carbon taxes have not worked because they counter economic self-interest of nations. Wind and solar power are too expensive. The liquid fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) has the potential to undersell energy produced from coal. Robert Hargraves will also report on his November 2012 visit to China, where a $350 million project to develop LFTR has been launched by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

About the Speaker

Dr. Robert Hargraves is a study leader at Dartmouth ILEAD. He was chief information officer at Boston Scientific Corporation and previously a senior consultant with Arthur D. Little. He founded a computer software firm, DTSS Incorporated, while at Dartmouth College where he was assistant professor of mathematics and associate director of the computation center. He graduated from Brown University (Ph.D. Physics) and Dartmouth College (A.B. Mathematics and Physics).