Last year, when this Thorium talk with Thorcon come in media, I have discussion with a high school friend of mine which work with Indonesian Nuclear Agency (BATAN). He says that eventough Thorium is not a new idea, but what Thorcon doing can be considered new approach on Thorium Tech.Oddly to me, because I remember there being thorium reactors, & discussions of the US ceasing work on them, when I was at school, a lot of people seem to think they're a completely new idea
This what I mean with new development.
Anyway in local media MinDef already stated why they're attracted to work on Thorium with Thorcon:
1. Thorium is more available in Indonesia compared to Uranium,
2. The promise of Thorium Nuclear reactor will produce less radio active waste, which means less Investment cost on waste management compare to Uranium based Reactor.
For me, it's time for Indonesia to work with Nuclear Reactor for power generation, It's overdue. We are depends much with coal, and it's cost us on pollution problem already, especially in large cities like Jakarta and Surabaya.
This is the media statement from MinDef R&D Department on what they are doing with Thorcon. In the end, they want to improve Power Generating capabilities on outlier regions. One of problem in developing Natuna for defense base and sustain economics development is power generation. At the moment out side Islands depend on Diesel. It's costly to transport thus put this reactors on power ships or barges will improve the power generation and cost efficiency.