Nuclear Power: Tomorrow’s Energy Solution?

By | January 14, 2014

Nuclear energy is a “dependable and clean” option for satisfying the growing energy needs of the country- as said by- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
As rightly put across, India is technologically advanced and is among the very few nations which have the expertise to install nuclear power plants and put to use.

The fourth-largest source of electricity in India next to thermal, hydroelectric and renewable sources of electricity is Nuclear power. The current figures being; India roughly has 20 operational Nuclear power reactors.

Certainly during times when the world is facing the brunt of rising energy bills keeping social and environmental obligations under continuous review, N-Power could be looked upon as the immediate resort.

Governments across the world are looking for reduction in energy consumption through increased consumer awareness. Thus, there also is heightened pressure on the suppliers for cost reduction who are already facing the flak by being accused of having financial practices that are too opaque.

In the 1950s, the visionary cum scientist Dr. Homi Bhabha formulated the three-stage nuclear power programme. Its objective was to secure the country’s long term energy independence, through use of uranium and thorium reserves present in abundance in coastal regions of South India.

Of course no innovation comes without risks. Nuclear energy must be carefully used under extremely high standards of quality checks and responsible usage to promote social welfare.
Way back in 2010 , India had chalked out an ambitious plan to achieve a nuclear power capacity of 63,000 MW in 2032.However, after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, people started protesting raising questions about the feasibility of using atomic energy as a clean and safe alternative to fossil fuels.

We all believe, strongly propelled economic progress ensures better living standards and creates newer job opportunities for the youth. India envisages to increase the contribution of nuclear power to overall electricity generation capacity from 2.8% to 9% within the next 25 years.

The erstwhile Indian President A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, had stated that, “energy independence is India’s first and highest priority. True! So with the new Rs 23,502 crore project – Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojna 4X700MW, being the first-of-its-kind in the region, we are set to scale newer heights.

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