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ThEC13 Post Conference Press Release

ThEC13 Post Conference Press Release

Concluding the successful ThEC13 conference at CERN, iThEC called for international coordination on major Thorium related projects.

The ThEC13 international conference on new nuclear Thorium technologies for energy production and destruction of nuclear waste, organized by the International Thorium Energy Committee (iThEC), at CERN, from 27 to 31 October 2013 was completed on a very encouraging note.

The conference was attended by nearly 200 participants from thirty countries in order to review recent progress in thorium technologies with the potential of providing humanity with a reliable and sustainable energy source with minimal impact on the environment and providing a practical solution to the nuclear waste management as a credible alternative to burial.

In addition to the 200 scientists attending inside the Globe of Science and Innovation, about 700 people followed the live Webcast of the opening session in addition to some 4300 who connected for the remaining part of the conference.

The conference also attracted the interest of industry and the political world. The French companies AREVA and Solvay seized this opportunity to announce a cooperation agreement on Thorium, a first in the European industrial landscape.

ThEC13 also had the pleasure of hosting several personalities such as Pascal Couchepin, former President of the Swiss Confederation, Dr. Hans Blix, former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who emphasized the anti-proliferation characteristics of the thorium fuel cycle, Prof. Carlo Rubbia, Nobel Laureate in Physics, the inventor of the Energy Amplifier (ADS), and finally Rolf Heuer, CERN Director General, who spoke on the need of actively pursuing research and development on this important subject.

The lessons learned from the conference highlight the importance of international cooperation and the pooling of resources for major projects. It was noted that the technologies necessary for the realization of ADS projects are generally known and require no revolution. At the conference it was also noted that the large developing countries like China and India are looking for ways to slow down the escalation in the use of fossil fuels, which gradually suffocate their countries and the planet.

Finally, the capacity of thorium incinerators to significantly decrease the volume of nuclear waste and its radiotoxicity as well as the need for very long term storage cannot be underestimated and is emerging as one of the main arguments in favour of thorium systems.

The organizing committee welcomes the success of the ThEC13 conference, which clearly demonstrates the growing interest in thorium technologies and gives them a new impetus. iThEC will organize a new conference on this theme, in Geneva, in 2015.

iThEC: a not-for-profit organization based in Geneva, promoting the use of thorium for nuclear waste destruction and as a sustainable nuclear energy source, which is both safe and proliferation resistant