Dr Carlo Rubbio is working at CERN on the use of Thorium as a clean and safe alternative to Uranium in nuclear reactors.
Dr Rubbio says a tonne of the silvery metal produces as much energy as 200 tonnes of Uranium or 3.5 million tonnes of coal.
Thorium consumes its own hazardous waste and it can even scavenge the Plutonium left by Uranium reactors.
Apparently one of the main reasons why Uranium became the standard fuel for the nuclear industry after WW II is because of the need for Plutonium for nuclear warheads.
Thorium is very abundant and is produced as a by-product of many mining operations.
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