Guest essay by Eric Worrall
The Indian government has just given a major boost to domestic nuclear fusion research, by sanctioning the expenditure of Rs 2,500 crore (around $400 million by my calculation) as seed money, to spur interest in fusion research.
According to The Times of India;
India is presently one of the seven partner countries in world’s biggest energy research project – the ITER – that is coming up in Cadarche, France.
“Presently, our contribution as one of the seven partners in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project in France is 10%. The knowledge that we gain will be used to set up our own demonstrator reactors at home. We will begin by setting up an experimental version of the Cadarche ITER reactor in France here,” ITER-India’s project director Shishir Deshpande said here on Monday night.
Deshpande along with ITER’s top brass – Dr Sergio Orlandi (director – central engineering and plant) and deputy director general Dr Remmelt Haange — is touring India to review progress made by Indian companies involved in the fusion reactor project.
Sources said that the central government has sanctioned Rs 2,500 crore to seed research in nuclear fusion.
India is also very active in Thorium fission research – a new 300Mw Thorium reactor is scheduled to go online in 2016. India takes Thorium very seriously. Although India does have some significant Uranium deposits, India has around 25% of the world’s known Thorium reserves.