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PostPosted: Apr 02, 2011 11:12 am 
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Now that China is pursuing LFTR, will India follow suit ? There has been a lot of investment in India into the solid-fuel thorium cycle already, so perhaps it is difficult to scrap all that and start anew. But India has so much engineering talent especially in chemical and pharmaceutical engineering, that they might be able to pursue a liquid fuel cycle as well. Or at least certain aspects of it. Perhaps they want to start with solar power, building a solar thermal energy park in Rajasthan that uses liquid fluoride salts in Hastelloy-N piping, and gas-driven turbines. Those would be very significant steps. Please share your opinions. Share especially your observations if you see any signs of this happening (scientific conferences ?, interviews by officials ?, new companies, etc.). Is there a community of LFTR enthusiasts in India ? Do they all congregate on this forum ?


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PostPosted: Apr 02, 2011 2:52 pm 
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John Kutsch tells me that we will have representatives from India at the Thorium Energy Alliance meeting in Washington DC in May.


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PostPosted: Apr 02, 2011 3:03 pm 
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My interaction shows no plans for any type of MSR. A technology proving AHWR using solid thorium fuel is planned but commercial development will have to await availability of fissile material for thorium fuel.


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PostPosted: Apr 03, 2011 8:31 am 
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Robert Hargraves, I think you have just convinced me that I must attend that conference.

That program could be called the iLFTR.

I have redesigned the Indian flag with a LFTR in the middle (core/blanket etc.) instead of the wheel. May it be flown over the Monazite beaches of Kerala.


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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2011 7:28 am 
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The Indian AEC is keen on thorium but not on MSR. Anxiety about shortage of fissile feeds may or may not have subsided. I hope they come out with faster alternatives to their current projects.


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