China is hoping that their plan to build a “clean” nuclear reactor could help change the minds of people. What’s different about this nuclear reactor is that instead of using uranium, they will use thorium. They will also not use fuel rods, but rather molten salt reactors. How it works is that the thorium will be dissolved into the liquid fluoride salt before being sent into the chamber. At extremely high temperatures of 600C, thorium atoms will transform into uranium-233, an isotope of uranium that can then split and release energy and neutrons, thus creating nuclear fission.
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