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Once Thorium reactors become a reality India will be greatest beneficiary of that considering the huge Thorium reserves we have on the coastal sands of Kerala and adjoining areas. Is it true?

Asked by Good Citizen, 10 Apr '09 09:24 pm
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Yes it is true. \'A Thorium Breeder Reactor\' that can produce 600 MW of electricity for two years \'with no refuelling and practically no control manoeuvres.\' Designed by scientists of the Mumbai-based Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, the ATBR is claimed to be far more economical and safer than any power reactor in the world. Most significantly for India, ATBR does not require natural or enriched uranium which the country is finding difficult to import. It uses thorium -- which India has in plenty -- and only requires plutonium as \'seed\' to ignite the reactor core initially. Eventually, the ATBR can run entirely with thorium and fissile uranium-233 bred inside the reactor (or obtained externally by converting fertile thorium into fissile Uranium-233 by neutron bombardment). BARC scientists V Jagannathan and Usha Pal revealed the ATBR design in their paper presented at the week-long \'international conference on emerging nuclear energy systems\' in Brussels ...more
Answered by dharamender nebhnani, 10 Apr '09 09:32 pm

 
  
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Yes, its true. the large deposit of Thorium and titanium are found near Kerala coastline close to the Ram Sethu region. Since Ram Sethu is an ancient formation and is close to the thorium sands of Kerala coastline, the geological significance of the entire region should be studied with particular reference to Indias nuclear programme initiatives.
Answered by Joseph Chacko, 12 Apr '09 07:33 am

 
  
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It is one thing to have resources, and completely different thing to manage those resources properly to get maximum output.
Answered by RAJAN MHAMAI, 10 Apr '09 09:26 pm

 
  
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