Tuesday, 8 May 2012

"India will indeed build a thorium reactor"!

"India will indeed build a thorium reactor"! http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/intelligent-energy/safe-nuclear-indias-thorium-reactor/15707 "late last week, V Narayansamy, minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office told the the upper house of Indian Parliament (called the Rajya Sabha) that India will indeed build a thorium reactor, according to India’s Deccan Herald newspaper" ... "India will start construction around 2016-17 of a water cooled, thorium-fueled reactor that deploys “heavy water” as its coolant, the paper reports." hmmm interesting that it will use heavy water as its coolant, does it ring a bell, CANDU??? where is Canada in this race, where will it be in 2-3 decades???
Also see: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/nov/01/india-thorium-nuclear-plant ""The basic physics and engineering of the thorium-fuelled Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR) are in place, and the design is ready," said Sinha.
Once the six-month search for a site is completed – probably next to an existing nuclear power plant – it will take another 18 months to obtain regulatory and environmental impact clearances before building work on the site can begin.
"Construction of the AHWR will begin after that, and it would take another six years for the reactor to become operational," Sinha added, meaning that if all goes to plan, the reactor could be operational by the end of the decade. The reactor is designed to generate 300MW of electricity – about a quarter of the output of a typical new nuclear plant in the west.
Sinha added that India was in talks with other countries over the export of conventional nuclear plants. He said India was looking for buyers for its 220MW and 540MW Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs). Kazakhastan and the Gulf states are known to have expressed an interest, while one source said that negotiations are most advanced with Vietnam, although Sinha refused to confirm this."
 And Uranium Corporation of India Ltd (UCIL) introduces schoolchildren to basics of nuclear energy production: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ranchi/Uranium-Corporation-of-India-Ltd-to-introduce-schoolchildren-to-basics-of-nuclear-energy-production/articleshow/13058968.cms early age education, popularizing the science and demystifying are the only way to build public support and acceptance, well done! "The idea behind inviting the students to the otherwise protected site is on various counts. First and foremost, UCIL aims to popularize nuclear science among teenagers and secondly, the corporation wants to demystify the process of nuclear energy generation.
"Prolonged agitation by villagers against Kundakulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu (recently) stems from lack of knowledge about the fundamentals of nuclear energy and misgivings about the pollution issues related to enrichment exercise," said a senior UCIL scientist, suggesting effective integration session with the students, to address the misconceptions.
Although young scientists from Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC) visit the UCIL plant frequently for hands-on study of the subject, but it is for the first time when UCIL will open its gates for school students." 

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