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Default Thorium Reactor as a purification plant

So, one of the hand wave aspects of Traveller is using water for fuel, presumably the hydrogen. And yet the chemical bonding with two oxygen atoms has rendered any chemical energy in the H20 molecule null and void; i.e. "you can't get there from here" kind of thing using water as a fuel (which used to be one of the big scams in the 60s and 70s ... maybe it still is, I don't know).

So, it got me to thinking. In order to separate the hydrogen from it's two oxygen companions, you'd need some kind of energy to do that. Some other power from somewhere to crack the molecule so you could re-harness the hydrogen and get it to re-react with whatever oxidizer was being used (or however power plants work in Traveller).

Which, to me at least, means a nuclear power plant. Last I heard some researchers in Japan (back in the 90s) were trying to make portable nuclear powerplants for the home. And I think one of the designs was a thorium based reactor. I wonder if that would work for starships; a thorium reactor that acts as a water "smasher" to feed hydrogen to the ship's power plant, maneuvre drive and jump drive.

I don't know ... it's just something that came to mind.

What do you think?
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