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PostPosted: Dec 02, 2008 7:37 pm 
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India outlines nuclear power ambitions
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Long term, the AEC envisages its fast reactor program being 30 to 40 times bigger than the present PHWR program, which has some 4.4 GWe operating or under construction and 5.6 GWe planned. This will be linked with up to 40 GWe of light water reactor capacity, the used fuel feeding ten times that fast breeder capacity, thus "deriving much larger benefit out of the external acquisition in terms of light water reactors and their associated fuel." This 40 GWe of imported LWR multiplied to 400 GWe via FBR synergy would complement 200-250 GWe based on the indigenous programme of PHWR-FBR-AHWR. Thus, AEC is "talking about 500 to 600 GWe over the next 50 years or so" of nuclear capacity in India, plus export opportunities.


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PostPosted: Dec 03, 2008 10:46 am 
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Kakodkar's statement includes an Indian design of PWR. Move to any type of molten salt and fuel would be too big a jump when process for import of uranium fuel is still in the pipeline.
However it could be done in stages. The first would be the use of a molten salt as the heat transfer medium (a better term for what is currently called coolant!). This could potentially cut cost by reducing pressure in the main vessel and making it lighter and safer. The neutron economy if improved to be better could be a clincher for India. This would require fluoride salts, the automatic choice for moderators. The next step could be dissolving the fuel in the salt. Move to thorium for better conversion ratio shall be automatic in India. Once proved anywhere in the world, the acceptance shall be universal.


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