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Thorium Cars & Battleship Tanks

The Greatest Concept Vehicle Ever

Posted August 7, 2014

The CEO of a company called Laser Power Systems says he is working on a car that would never need refueling.

Dr. Charles Stevens has created a concept for a thorium-powered car engine. Thorium, as you know, is radioactive, but it is also one of the most dense and powerful materials on the planet.

It packs 20 million times more energy than a similarly sized sample of coal, making it a superb energy source.

That said, even Dr. Stevens admitted that thorium engines for transportation are many decades away.

Still, his company is taking the first step in trying to build a thorium turbine about the size of an air conditioning unit that could provide cheap power for whole restaurants, hotels, office buildings, and even small towns in areas of the world without electricity. At some point, thorium could power individual homes.

This is possible. For years, Toshiba has been developing self-contained modular nuclear power plants.

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I like the idea of thorium-based power plants for a clean and powerful future. Of course, I'm biased...

One $3 thorium company I recommended in December to my Crisis and Opportunity readers is already up 107% and moving up fast.

If you don't know thorium, you should. In the magazine Cosmos, Tim Dean wrote:

“What if we could build a nuclear reactor that offered no possibility of a meltdown, generated its power inexpensively, created no weapons-grade by-products, and burnt up existing high-level waste as well as old nuclear weapon stockpiles? And what if the waste produced by such a reactor was radioactive for a mere few hundred years rather than tens of thousands? It may sound too good to be true, but such a reactor is indeed possible, and a number of teams around the world are now working to make it a reality. What makes this incredible reactor so different is its fuel source: thorium.”

Thorium is the future of nuclear power-based electricity production.

Whether it is in five years or in fifty remains to be seen.

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But thorium in cars is never going to happen. They couldn't pass a crash test.

When I read about it, I thought of other absurd concept vehicles. The greatest of them all is the battleship tank:

battleship tank

This beast was designed in 1942 by the Nazis and called the P.1000. It was going to be over a football field long, weigh over 1,000 tons, and travel at 40km/h.

With two navy guns, it could destroy a small town with a single shot.

Of course, it couldn't go down any road or cross a bridge, and it would have been a giant target for allied bombers... But hey, it's freakin' cool.

Sadly, none were every built. Expect the same from thorium-powered cars.

All the best,

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Since 1995, Christian DeHaemer has specialized in frontier market opportunities. He has traveled extensively and invested in places as varied as Cuba, Mongolia, and Kenya. Chris believes the best way to make money is to get there first with the most. Christian is the founder of Bull and Bust Report and an editor at Energy and Capital. For more on Christian, see his editor's page.

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