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India’s Leap in Nuclear Technology: PM Modi Observes Core Loading at Indigenous Fast Breeder Reactor

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Source: PTI

India achieved a significant milestone in its nuclear energy journey as Prime Minister Narendra Modi witnessed the commencement of “core loading” at the country’s first indigenous Fast Breeder Reactor (500 MWe) at Kalpakkam, located approximately 70 km away from Chennai. This event marks a pivotal moment in India’s quest for self-reliance in nuclear technology.

Advancements in Nuclear Energy

  • The reactor, known as the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR), has been meticulously designed and constructed entirely within India’s borders.
  • More than 200 Indian industries, including Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), have made substantial contributions to this monumental project, showcasing the nation’s indigenous capabilities in nuclear technology.

Salient Features of PFBR

  • Prime Minister Modi took a comprehensive tour of the reactor vault and the control room, where he was briefed on the reactor’s key features.
  • The PFBR represents an advanced third-generation reactor with inherent passive safety features, ensuring swift and secure plant shutdown during emergencies.

Environmental Impact and Nuclear Waste Management

  • One of the significant advantages of Fast Breeder Reactors (FBRs) like the PFBR is their ability to utilize spent fuel from the first stage, leading to a substantial reduction in nuclear waste generation.
  • This technology minimizes the need for large-scale geological disposal facilities, thus addressing environmental concerns associated with nuclear energy production.

Cost-Effectiveness and Future Prospects

  • Despite its advanced technology, the PFBR maintains competitive capital and operational costs comparable to other nuclear and conventional power plants.
  • Upon completion of core loading, the reactor will progress towards criticality, initiating power generation, further bolstering India’s energy security.

India’s Nuclear Energy Strategy

  • India’s nuclear power program aligns with its commitment to meet the twin objectives of energy security and sustainable development.
  • As a responsible nuclear power, India remains steadfast in expanding the peaceful applications of nuclear technology while ensuring the utmost security of nuclear materials.

The commencement of core loading at the PFBR symbolizes India’s prowess in nuclear technology and its commitment to harnessing clean and sustainable energy sources for the nation’s development.

Source: The Hindu

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