The heat is on: Jiang Mianheng is pushing for thorium reactors as an industrial heat source.


Son of China’s ex-president:
Thorium will help shape country’s energy future


By Mark Halper | December 4, 2012, 4:57 AM PST

SHANGHAI – Nuclear reactors based on the alternative fuel thorium will play a significant role in establishing clean power and giving the country energy independence, a key figure from the Chinese Academy of Sciences said here recently.

Jiang Mianheng, the son of China’s former president Jiang Zemin, said that power from thorium reactors will help extract hydrogen that the country would convert to methanol, a clean burning fuel for cars.

The reactors will also provide process heat to industry, replacing CO2-emitting fossil fuels, Jiang said in an address to the Thorium Energy Conference 2012. And combined with more conventional nuclear, they will also help establish energy independence in a country that today relies heavily on imported coal and that by 2030 will import 75 percent of its oil and about 40 percent of its natural gas, according to a BP report.

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