THE HINDU  dated 09.08.2008 

 Nuclear energy is inevitable: Baldev Raj

Plan to produce 20,000 MW of nuclear power by 2020  


EXPLANATION: Baldev Raj, Director of Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic
Research, Kalpakkam, delivering a lecture at SASTRA
University in Thanjavur on Friday.

THANJAVUR: Nuclear energy is inevitable for sustainable energy, said Baldev Raj, distinguished scientist and Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam here on Friday.

Delivering the Knowledge Leadership Forum lecture on ‘Challenges in Materials Research for Sustainable Nuclear Energy’ at Shanmugha Arts Science Technology and Research Academy (SASTRA) University,

Dr. Baldev Raj said that energy sources “are not in competition with each other but are complimentary to each other”.

Environment friendliness, diversity, cost-competitiveness, efficiency and reliability should be taken into consideration for energy sustainability.

In the world electricity generation, coal contributes to 39 per cent, oil 10 per cent, gas 15 per cent, nuclear 16 per cent and hydel 19 per cent.

“In India, coal reserves are not going to last long. India should exploit renewable energy sources like solar, wind and nuclear fission and fusion. With respect to hydel projects, India should go for micro and macro projects and not mega projects.

Kalpakkam Atomic Plant is a unique site in the world housing the three stages of nuclear reactors and closed fuel cycle facilities.

India’s plan is to generate 20,000 mw of nuclear power by 2020 A.D.

Collaboration

With improved collaboration it can go upto 30,000 mwt and with ideal collaboration it can go upto 40,000 mwt in course of time. “Whether there is collaboration or not, India will emerge as a world leader in nuclear energy,”" Dr. Raj said.

Vice-Chancellor R. Sethuraman, Dean, School of Mechanical Engineering, K. Thiagarajan, Dean, Sponsored Research, S. Swaminathan, and professor, School of Mechanical Engineering S. Pugazhendhi also spoke.


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