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PostPosted: Apr 13, 2010 9:46 am 
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"...I am happy to announce on this occasion that we have decided to set up a “Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership” in India. We visualize this to be a state of the art facility based on international participation from the IAEA and other interested foreign partners. The Centre will consist of four Schools dealing with Advanced Nuclear Energy System Studies, Nuclear Security, Radiation Safety, and the application of Radioisotopes and Radiation Technology in the areas of healthcare, agriculture and food. The Centre will conduct research and development of design systems that are intrinsically safe, secure, proliferation resistant and sustainable. We would welcome participation in this venture by your countries, the IAEA and the world to make this Centre’s work a success...."
Statement by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Nuclear Security Summit, Washington DC - 13 April 2010

This could be a means to 'off-load' LFTR technology experiments and speed up LFTR development...?

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PostPosted: May 13, 2010 10:18 am 
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GEORGELANGWORTH wrote:
"...I am happy to announce on this occasion that we have decided to set up a “Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership” in India. We visualize this to be a state of the art facility based on international participation from the IAEA and other interested foreign partners. The Centre will consist of four Schools dealing with Advanced Nuclear Energy System Studies, Nuclear Security, Radiation Safety, and the application of Radioisotopes and Radiation Technology in the areas of healthcare, agriculture and food. The Centre will conduct research and development of design systems that are intrinsically safe, secure, proliferation resistant and sustainable. We would welcome participation in this venture by your countries, the IAEA and the world to make this Centre’s work a success...."
Statement by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Nuclear Security Summit, Washington DC - 13 April 2010

This could be a means to 'off-load' LFTR technology experiments and speed up LFTR development...?

There would be a very considerable potential to speed LFTR development through a program of international research, which would involve assigning research tasks to organizations that are best qualified to handle them, without regard to national settings.


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PostPosted: May 13, 2010 3:19 pm 
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We visualize this to be a state of the art facility based on international participation from the IAEA and other interested foreign partners.


When the implications of the Indian nuclear fuel cycle become more widely known within the IAEA, the IAEA will reject the Indian thorium fuel cycle as dangerous, intrinsically unsafe, insecure, and proliferation sensitive.

The Indians strip U232 from U233 using lasers. They use pure plutonium to start their thorium reactors; solid fuel fabrication exposes humans to radiation danger and their reactor design cannot be maintained automatically in a secure Hot Cell using automation.

In the end, U232 removal will not be effective. Management of U232 radiation must be a keystone of the design of a thorium reactor.

The Lftr is a safe and effective path to the thorium fuel cycle. If this “Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership” advances this liquid thorium fuel approach then this school will be well founded. At the end of the day, the current Indian three step approach is flawed and will not advance a workable internationalized thorium fuel cycle.

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PostPosted: May 14, 2010 9:49 pm 
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In my communications with BARC, I got a NO to MSR technology in stage II and a 'maybe' in stage III. The four schools seem to be about basic knowledge of nuclear energy.
I hope the Czech and the Japanese succeed with their molten salt handling efforts. Advantages of constant removal of volatile neutron poisons Xe and Kr will then sink in.


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