Thorium : Energy of the Future

Energy security is essential to a country’s national security and growing economic development. This paper explores how thorium can provide energy security for nations seeking emission cleaner option and energy independency. The first section showcases the threat of climate change. Emissions from fossil fuels are threatening nations with rising sea levels, drought, and other natural disasters. The second section looks at molten salt reactor designs and how the lithium fluoride nuclear reactors work. This new reactor design is safe, clean, plentiful in fuel reserves, and sustainable unlike current nuclear technology today. The third section showcases potential applications thorium can power. Energy security is a key issue in India, China, and US as they are heavily reliant on hydrocarbons. Thorium nuclear reactors can power these countries and reduce their fossil fuel dependency, yet its benefits are unknown to many state actors. Overall, this technology is a viable option for energy security as it sustainable power the future for years to come.

A capstone project submitted to the faculty of the California Maritime Academy in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and Maritime Affairs.