|International Thorium Molten-Salt Forum
|"International Thorium Molten-Salt Forum" is a Non-Profit-Organization, which
was registered to the local government
Japan in October, 2008.
The members are researchers and engineers besides citizens, who are interested in the Molten Salt Reactor and related thorium cycles. At this moment, there are about 50 members among 13 countries not only in Japan but also USA, France, Russia, Ukraine, Czech, China, and so on. There are other about 100 domestic people who are interested in or supporting occasionally.
We will proceed research and design besides education, in order to promote the Molten Salt Reactor and related thorium cycles, which is described shortly at the end of this page.
| Official Presentation to Japan Atomic Energy
On May 9th, 2913, at the 17th Committee, we gave a formal presentation on Molten Salt Reactor Development in foreign countries and in Japan.
Place: Tokyo, J-AEC head office,
Time: May 9th, 2013, 10:30AM-12:00
Title：「Thorium Utilization Technology and its Research and Development」(in Japanese)
Presenter: R. Yoshioka & M. Kinoshita。
| 11th-seminar by International Thorium Molten-Salt
On April 20th of 2013, the ITMSF Spring seminar was held at Tokyo.
This year, we invited Dr. Xu Hongjie of SINAP to hear his lecture on Chinese TMSR program. Dr. Xu was an ex-director of SINAP(Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics), and now he is a head of TMSR ceneter in SINAP.
About 150 people, mostly public(citizens), including major newspapers and magazines, joined our seminar. There were very active discussions in the seminar.
1)Keynote speech : Dr. Akito Arima (ex-president of Tokyo University)
2)Lecture on TMSR and recent world trend: Ritsuo Yoshioka(president of ITMSF)
3)Lecture on Chinese TMSR program: Dr. Xu Hongjie
...Chairman: Dr. Kazuro Furukawa (son of great Kazuo Furukawa)
...Japanese translation: Dr. Motoyasu Kinoshita
TMSR Workshop in Korea
|Conference on Molten Salts in Nuclear Technology
(CMSNT-2013) in India
From 9th to 11th January 2013, Conference on Molten Salts in Nuclear Technology (CMSNT-2013)” was held at BARC（Bhabha Atomic Research Centre） in Mumbai, India.
150 people attended, and hot discussion was talked.
Our Forum (ITMSF) was invited , and we submitted a paper and gave a presentation here.
India has a longest history on thorium cycles, because India produces very little amount of uranium but produces large amount of thorium, and same situation as China.
So, India has been studying thorium application on solid fuel long time. But, this Conference reveald that they have been studying MSR together, of course not so widely as solid fuel.
Conference web-site is as follows, including each presentation slides.. http://moltensaltindia.org/
Our full paper(pdf) is shown below..
★Ritsuo Yoshioka, Koshi Mitachi, "Thorium Molten Salt Nuclear Energy Synergetic System (THORIMS-NES)"
http://homepage2.nifty.com/TAMACHAN/CMSNT Yoshioka 20130109.pdf
The following English web site (blog) by Dr. David LeBlanc shows the hot atmosphere of the Conference. http://www.the-weinberg-foundation.org/
|Thorium Energy Conference (ThEC12)" at Shanghai 2012
Thorium Energy Conference (ThEC12) was held in Shanghai/China from October 29th to November 1st 2012.
Our Forum (ITMSF) presented papers in this conference. Not only Japanese members but also several foreign members of our Forum presented or attended this conference.
Total 120 people attended (40 from overseas and 80 from China).
Among 38 papres, half was MSR (Molten Salt Reactor) and the rest are solid Thorium fuel topics and ADS, and so on.
China has started MSR and ADS development since 2011, and this is the first open conference to know their progress.
The Conference was very well hosted by the SINAP (Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics).
Most of presentations are uploaded on Youtube as follows (Or search 'ThEC12) at Youtube)
|10th-seminar by International Thorium Molten-Salt Forum (ITMSF)"|
|The first local seminar was held at Shizuoka-city
on July 21st, 2012.
More than 120 people attended, and most audience were citizens in this district. There were very active discussions, because there are 6-reactors in this district.
１）"Expectations on Thorium Energy"
by Dr. Akito Arima (video message)
|9th-seminar by International Thorium Molten-Salt
was held an open seminar, and more than 100 audience made hot discussions.
Date : 2012-April-21st (Saturday) ,13:10-17:00
|Notice from ITMSF : "New President was
The directors' board of this Forum assigned Ritsuo Yoshioka as a new president of this Forum.
After 3.11 Fukushima accident, safer reactors are really needed, and also Thorium fuel cycle is more expected.
So, we will continue the activity to realize Molten Salt Reactor, which is what prof. Furukawa has strongly desired.
So, we hope your cooperation as before.
"International Thorium Molten-Salt Forum"(ITMSF)
|Dr. Kazuo Furukawa passed away.
This is a very sad notice.
Professor Kazuo Furukawa passed away on December 14th 2011 at age 84. He had a cancer surgery in last summer, and he once came back. And, in last October, he gave several lectures at different seminars (right photo was taken on October 25th), and also gave lectures on the Internet TVs, very actively. Since last November, he was in a hospital in order to relax his body, but it is a time we have to say the final words.
I and other staffs will keep promoting his will, that is to realize Thorium MSR on this world.
We hope your cooperation to this Forum, same as before.
Dr. Furukawa's career is shown here (Click here)
"International Thorium Molten-Salt Forum (ITMSF)"
|Dr.Furukawa's last article "THORIMS-NES",
click here or down-load to your PC (2MB PDF).
Its title is "New Sustainable Secure Nuclear Industry Based on Thorium Molten-Salt Nuclear Energy Synergetics (THORIMS-NES)", and this is Section-17 of a book "Nuclear Power . Deployment, Operation and Sustainability".
Winter 2010 "Thorium Energy Conference"
The 3rd Thorium Energy Conference was held in London/UK on October 17th to 20th, 2010.
Our Forum ITMSF presented 3 papers in this conference.
Several foreign members of our Forum also presented/attended this conference.
|6th Seminar by the Forum
In September 2010, the 6th seminar was held in Tokyo. The following speakers gave lectures on MSR and related thorium cycles.
1) "History of MSR design (from Dr. LeBlanc's lecture) by R. Yoshioka
2) "Recent movement on MSR" by K, Furukawa
3) "MSR using U235 fuel" by K. Mitachi, "MSR safety criteria" by R. Yoshioka
|5th Seminar by the Forum
In July 2010, the 5th seminar was held in Tokyo
|4th Seminar by the Forum
In April 2010, the 4th seminar was held in Tokyo. The following teachers gave lectures on MSR and related thorium cycles.
1)"Recent Study on MSR-FUJI and THORIMS-NES", by K, Furukawa
2)"Reprocessing Experiments of Thorium Fuel cycle for MSR" by. N. Satoh
3)"Thorium Energy Conference in USA", by R. Yoshioka
4)"Thorium MSR Development in China", by X. Xia
........60 people attended and discussed the subjects deeply.
|Spring 2010 Thorium Energy Conference
The Second Thorium Energy Alliance Conference held in Mountain View, California USA on March 29th and 30th 2010.
Our Forum ITMSF presented 3 papers in this conference and our slides besides others one can be seen from the following site."http://www.thoriumenergyalliance.com/ThoriumSite/Spring2010Conf.htm (click the underlined part)
|We held 3 seminars in 2009, inviting the above people.|
|Also, we provided lectures to the public/university|
|We issued an Annual report.
|The president of this Forum is Dr. Kazuo Furukawa, who has been involving in this development
for more than 40 years.
His paper tilted "Effective Proposal for Non-proliferation" was selected and honored as the Best Paper Award in 2006 by the Sato-prize foundation
(Sato-prize was started by former prime minister Eisaku Sato, who received a Novel Peace Prize).
THORIMS-NES (Thorium Molten-Salt Nuclear Energy Synergetics)
The reduction of CO2 emission is a global concern for all industrialized countries as is the development of new energy sources. Nuclear energy can play an important role in this context since it does not emit CO2 for power generation. As stressed by OECD, the share of nuclear energy forecasted at about 10% of the primary energy supply by 2050 is not enough and should be significantly increased to at least about 30 % in 2050 and 50 % in 2080 to drastically reduce emission of CO2 and to stabilize concentration of CO2 in atmosphere at low level. However, there are still some concerns and difficulties in the current nuclear power such as nuclear proliferation, radioactive waste, safety, economy, usability etc. Therefore, there is a need for a novel nuclear industry for a global scale usage.
The concept of the Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) was established more than 40 years ago.
During the 1960s, the US developed the Molten Salt Breeder Reactor (MSBR) as the primary back-up option for the fast breeder reactor (FBR). And a small Experimental Reactor (MSRE) was operated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
There is now renewed interest in the concept in Japan, Russia, France and the USA, and one of the six Generation-IV designs selected for further development is the MSR. Strong incentives for the molten salt reactor design are its good fuel utilization, good economics, amazing fuel flexibility and promised large benefits.
In Japan, the nuclear energy system “THORIMS-NES (Thorium Molten-Salt Nuclear Energy Synergetic System)” is a new concept, designed such as to bring a novel huge size nuclear industry without any big investment.
Following several R&D years and a pilot scale prototype (miniFUJI), there is now a just started commercial project. It deals with the realization of a thorium-based molten salt reactor (Th-MSR: FUJI, cf. Fig.1).
The followings are the major advantages of the Th-MSR.
|・ a conclusive measure on greenhouse-gas
・ nuclear proliferation & terrorism resistance (no Pu production),
・ less long-lived nuclear waste production
・ very high safety (no severe accident principally and practically)
・ Thorium resources (large and worldwide distributed)
・ low electricity generation cost
・ easy deployment (small/simple economical reactors)
・ Large sized plant is also possible.
Fig.1 3D view of Molten Salt Reactor "FUJI"
|Fig.2 Concept of THORIMS-NES
AMSB (Accelerator Molten-Salt Breeding Facility) is a proton accelerator driven system (ADS), and produce U233 from Th232, by the neutrons from spallation reaction. (see Fig.3)
Fig.3 Concept of THORIMS-NES
Ratest FUJI deisgn paper(PDF) is shown here (Click here)
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