Welcome to the website of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Thorium Energy. The group is a lively Parliamentary forum for the discussion of thorium as a nuclear fuel, and the reactor technologies in which thorium can be used. You’ll find a range of resources here including details of the group’s activities, a report produced by The Alvin Weinberg Foundation on Thorium-Fuelled Molten Salt Reactors, and an archive of Parliamentary Questions and debates covering thorium.
The group’s first year has been busy and fruitful. The group has consulted with a wide range of experts in the thorium fuel cycle and advanced reactors, and many members have spoken about thorium in Parliamentary debates. Group members have visited the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) at Sellafield and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) at Culham to discuss thorium-fuelled reactors, and in January 2013, group members chaired the UK’s first thorium working group, comprising representatives from industry, academia and government.
January also saw group members writing a joint letter to the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNETP), a pan-European body which sets the agenda for EU-level fission research and development funding. APPG members were disappointed that a draft of SNETP’s key policy document, the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), did not provide adequate coverage of the thorium and MSR R&D work currently taking place in Europe. 11 APPG Members wrote to the SNETP editorial board explaining their concerns. SNETP took our Members’ concerns on board, and substantially increased the focus on thorium and MSRs in the SRIA.
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