Klara’s thesis was on necessary steps for a successful commercialization of thorium fuels as well as simulations of how various mixes of thorium fuel perform in the reactor. A vital part of her work – and also the most exiting – has been the ongoing Thor Energy irradiation campaign in the OECD Halden research reactor, now in its third year.
– It is essential to monitor and verify how the neutrons and the fuel material in general behave in the reactor, Klara explains, – such data has never been collected before for these particular fuel types and is vital in order to qualify the fuel for commercial application as well as to calibrate and update our simulation software, she says.
– So far, we have found no showstoppers for thorium to be used in light water reactors, but then we didn’t expect to in the first place. Now we should embark on the challenge to make a conservative industry think of thorium as a viable supplement and alternative to uranium, she says.
Klara has been a Thor Energy employee since 2008 and has combined her professional career as VP Research and Development with her education and research activities. Her Master’s degree – one of the best in Sweden that year – was part of Thor Energy’s comprehensive thorium feasibility study completed in 2008.
Klara’s colleagues say she is very dedicated and preoccupied with a sustainable lifestyle. In between her work and research activities, she has also become the mother of two. But how did she become interested in thorium in the first place?