It is ironic that a decade after the Indo-US nuclear deal that ended India’s nuclear isolation, our indigenous, reliably lowcost nuclear power technology languishes. PM Narendra Modi said, while in New York recently, that while India is not a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), “we can create a new model for the world” once inside the NSG. Global warming makes it imperative that India enter the NSG.
India’s pressurised heavy-water reactors (PHWR) use natural uranium as fuel, as in the original Canadian Candu model. Besides, the second stage of our nuclear power generation programme envisages using spent fuel for ‘fast-breeder reactors’, economising on huge storage costs for spent fuel. Note that breeder reactors produce more fuel than they consume. Read More
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