India’s nuclear power capacity to increase by 70% in five years

The country's installed capacity is projected to rise from the current 7.48 GWe to 13.08 GWe by 2029, representing an addition of seven new reactors.
India’s nuclear power capacity to increase by 70% in five years
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India is aiming for a significant expansion of its nuclear power generation capacity, with plans to increase output by approximately 70% over the next five years.

The announcement by Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Science and Technology, came during a high-level meeting to review the Department of Atomic Energy's 100-day Action Plan.

Dr. Singh, who recently reassumed charge as Minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, outlined the ambitious growth trajectory for India's nuclear energy sector.

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India’s nuclear power capacity to increase by 70% in five years

The country's installed capacity is projected to rise from the current 7.48 GWe to 13.08 GWe by 2029, representing an addition of seven new reactors.

The Minister emphasised the importance of indigenous technology development and energy security as key priorities. He directed the department to foster integration and collaboration to maximize potential through capacity building and knowledge sharing.

Dr. Singh also highlighted the government's efforts to streamline research and development processes, including allowing joint ventures with public sector units and increasing budgetary allocations.

In a move towards innovation, the Department of Atomic Energy is developing the Bharat Small Reactor (BSR) for captive nuclear power generation and working on the Bharat Small Modular Reactor (BSMR) 220 MW, which will use light water-based reactors.

Additionally, progress is being made on the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor, with initial fuel loading expected in the coming months.

BHAVINI, a public sector undertaking is in progress to complete initial fuel loading of Prototype Fast Breeder reactor and its 1st approach to criticality is expected in the coming months. This is the first fast breeder reactor to produce more fuel than it consumes.

Dr. Singh stressed the importance of expanding nuclear technology applications beyond energy production to areas such as health, food security, agriculture, and radiopharmaceuticals.

He emphasised that advancements in radiation technology would contribute to economic and societal benefits for citizens, promoting ease of living and fostering research in various scientific fields.

Source: India Today

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