Nuclear energy is the best option available for ensuring long term energy availability for the world in a carbon-free process, SA Bharadwaj, Chairman, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) said. Bharadwaj was speaking at the inauguration of international conference on 'Characterisation and quality control of nuclear fuels' (CQCNF-2015) organised by Nuclear Fuel Complex, Hyderabad in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna-Austria.
Speaking at the conference, Bharadwaj said, "There are 437 nuclear power reactors operating in 31 countries and during the last year these reactors have provided approximately 2,400 billion units of electricity, which is 11 per cent of the world's electricity. Today, when the world in unanimity is looking for alternatives to limit global warming, nuclear fuel for the environment is gaining wider recognition. For a country like India with very large population to support, nuclear fuel with recycling emerges as a solution to provide a major fraction of baseboard electricity supply for a very long time to come."
"Nuclear power has been around in the commercial domain for almost 50 years. According to experts, with the available resources of Uranium and Corium, we may be able to provide bulk electricity sufficient to the world for around 1,000 years, out of which only 50 years have gone by. So, great things are expected to happen. If we look back to the last 50 years, nuclear power has just had its beginning and the fuel used in water reactors itself has seen many advancements and the result today is its performance in the reactors to produce power is reliable," he added.
Bhardwaj also termed nuclear reactors comparatively safer than before as necessary precautions are being taken to face crisis. "The technology used in other countries are pretty much the same as we use here. However, I feel that they (nuclear reactors) are comparatively safe because of the precautions we have taken, Bharadwaj said. He added that Indian reactors have a minimum of seven days water storage in the nuclear plant to face crisis and can resist an earthquake.
The three day conference organised at Ramoji Film City will see participation of 150 delegates, including eminent foreign nuclear scientists from different parts of the world. The conference will provide a platform to share present practices, recent developments and future trends in the area of nuclear fuels for water cooled and fast breeder reactors.
Apart from Bharadwaj, Dr Oleg Sedelnikov, General Director, Elemash, Russia, Dr P Chellapandi, Chairman & MD, BHAVINI, Kalpakkam and others were present at the event.
source- Indian Express