India is the leading country in the research of Thorium, a naturally occurring radio active metal, a US official has said, even as the there is a distinct possibility of its use in nuclear reactors.
“Thorium is only used in an experimental and a research way, but in theory, it could be used for reactors.
I think the country that’s leading the research effort is India, actually, which has large amounts of thorium and so they’re very interested in it,” Warren P Miller the Assistant Secretary Energy (Nuclear) said.
In his testimony before the House Science and Technology Committee, Miller said in his personal opinion the uranium resource will not be a showstopper for nuclear energy.
“There’s also the Thorium possibility. Thorium is actually more prevalent in the crust than uranium is worldwide. There’s also the possibility of breeder reactors that would use much more of the uranium,” he said in response to a question.
Miller said there are quite a few studies about the uranium resource, and most estimates would argue with reasonable projections of the growth of nuclear energy throughout the world that there’s sufficient uranium resource at reasonable prices that would last throughout the rest of this century.