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In a big push to nuclear energy to contribute hugely to a sustained energy mix of the country in future, the Government of India is contemplating to double the nuclear power generation capacity to about 14,000 MW. However, there is no plan to hand over the total energy load to nuclear in the near future.

The sense to this notion was given by Union energy minister Piyush Goyal recently. At present, India generates about 6,800 MW of nuclear energy. The plan is to add 7000 MW of nuclear energy more to the pool and it will generated indigenously manufactured equipment. So, 10 units of 700 MW each have been proposed by the authorities concerned. The Union Cabinet in May had already approved the setting up of 10 indigenous Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) for nuclear power generation.

Trying to establish nuclear as a sustainable sources of energy available 24 hours, the minister  placed it above the solar and wind energy as both the options are condition specific. Solar energy can be produced only during the day time while wind is guided by windy hours. He even referred to hydro power but called it a comparatively costly option.  He expressed the confidence that India would be able to cross all the hurdles in being a part of Nuclear Suppliers Group. “Challenges may be there challenges. But, we are confident of making the progress,” he said.

Thursday, August 17, 2017