posted on Jul, 3 2012 @ 05:40 AM
Looking at the bullpuckey sites given as proof of this thing's existence, a pattern is emerging that *might* explain some of the buzzwords you see
associated with this.
First off, "plasma" is probably something that got stuck on for the neat factor. Making something into a plasma or not doesn't affect the
radioactivity - in addition, to make thorium INTO a plasma you're going to have to heat it to about 4800C to get the gaseous form first. That's not so
Discarding the "plasma" bit as bogus, does the term "thorium battery" make any sense? Maybe yes, maybe no. If you had yourself some Th228, you could
make an alphavoltaic cell with it. The alpha particles coming off of the Th228 decay can be converted to electrical current with a semiconductor
junction - sort of like a solar cell for alpha particles. It doesn't make a lot of power - low mW, but it lasts for a few years. It can't be
recharged, thus maybe the source for the "no charging" phrase you see.
It's not the sort of thing you'd be powering "long range torpedoes" with. You might be able to run some really basic electronics with it. Betavoltaics
and alphavoltaics are used for long-term low power applications, like for a pacemaker or data collection systems.
It's not uncommon for alpha and betavoltaic hoaxes/misreads to make the rounds in CT/"free energy" circles. Generally they start with a real story and
then amp up the numbers five or six orders of magnitude. Thus do you get the "new AF battery will power laptops for 30 years" crap from PES wherein
they take a betavoltaic that's putting out microwatts and suddenly have it producing 50 watts for 30 years in a matchbox.
edit on 3-7-2012 by Bedlam because: (no reason given)