An independent audit has been ordered into the entire European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) project under implementation at Flamanville nuclear power plant, French Finance and Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said.
India on Tuesday achieved a key milestone towards realising full fusion power by manufacturing the world’s largest high-vacuum pressure chamber — crucial cryostat — that is now ready for installation in the $25 billion International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in southern France.
The upcoming $25 billion plasma-based fusion reactor ITER, in which India is a partner, is the hope to energy freedom and also a solution to the world that is gripped with a threat to survival primarily by the use of fossil energy and fast depleting conventional energy resources.
Commercial production of nuclear energy in the world has completed 65 years. For India the share of nuclear in the total energy matrix has remained around 3 per cent.
Even as India is awaiting its Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor at Kalpakkam to achieve criticality, it is undertaking research and development work on a wider scale to develop technologies for the third stage of its nuclear power programme – that is to develop Thorium-fuelled Advanced Heavy Water Reactors (AHWRs).
The Indian Government has rolled out an ambitious plan of increasing the share of nuclear energy in the country’s energy matrix.
The global investments in renewable energy have been stuck at one third of the cumulative global energy investments and it needs to grow by 250 per cent to meet the sustainability goals.