Laser Power Systems developing thorium fuel car limits carbon dioxide emissions

Thorium fuel car runs for 100 years without refueling!

9:49 AM, 4th December 2013
Laser Power Systems research on thorium fuel car limits
Thorium Concept Car.

CONNECTICUT, US: Laser Power Systems (LPS) from Connecticut, US, is developing a new method of automotive propulsion with thorium, one of the most dense materials known in nature. Thorium is so dense that it has the potential to produce tremendous amounts of heat. The company has been experimenting with small bits of thorium, creating a laser that heats water, produces steam and powers a mini turbine.

According to Charles Stevens, CEO, LPS, just one gram of the substance yields more energy than 7,396 gallons (28,000 L) of gasoline and 8 grams would power the typical car for a century.

“Low or non- carbon dioxide (CO2)emitting energy sources must be cheaper than coal or will ultimately fail to displace fossil fuels. The United States uses 20 per cent of the world’s energy today and, if it cut its CO2 emissions to zero, 80 per cent produced by other countries would still be a problem. With CO2 emissions climbing seemingly beyond all bounds, pessimism is rampant and bold ideas are needed,” said Robert Hargraves, LPS.

 

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