Officials of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), India’s atomic power plant operator, worked tirelessly during the Covid-19 lockdown to ensure that indigenously designed 700 MW pressurised heavy water reactor (PHWR) at Kakrapar Atomic Power Station in Gujarat attained criticality, a top official of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) said.
India is the only country in the world this year, to have achieved criticality with its first indigenously built nuclear reactor, even as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic rages worldwide, starting from its spread during the first quarter.
With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forcing a global lockdown and severe setback to economic activity worldwide, a landmark report on civilian nuclear energy was released earlier this month on how to reduce the costs of building large new plants, which has become the major hurdle in the development of this clean energy source.
As part of a series of web-based seminars to support Indian industry, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is organizing a digital conference for the mining sector on May 21 in partnership with Finnish-Russian digital solutions provider Zyfra.
India’s rise in the global nuclear order has been tumultuous in the past few decades. As a result of India’s nuclear tests in the 1970s, the country was isolated from the international community for a significant time.
At a time when health services the world over are under tremendous strain to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there has emerged good news on the front of combating another major global health menace — the scourge of mosquito-borne diseases, which take a heavy toll in the developing world.
Radioactivity is part of nature. The incredible energy of a supernova explosion billions of years ago locked away energy as matter, in uranium (and similar) atoms.
Students are learning online now: lessons by videoconference, sending tasks by e-mail, chatting with teachers.
Electricity generation is vital in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but scheduled refuelling and maintenance outages at nuclear power plants around the world must still go ahead.