The sand in some parts of India have a mineral called Thorium!
India is said to have almost 25% of the world's deposit of this exotic nuclear material.
Thanks to a world-wide blockarde of any uranium supply to India till 2009, India slowly began finding other ways to achieve its goal of nuclear power for peaceful purposes!
India's Kakrapar-1 test reactor is the world's first reactor which uses thorium to achieve power It is developing a 300 MW prototype of a thorium-based Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR).
If all goes well, India envisages meeting 30% of its electricity demand through thorium-based reactors by 2050.
Thorium is abundant and exploiting it does not involve release of large quantities of carbon dioxide, making it less dangerous for the climate than fossil fuels like coal and oil.
The safety benefits are also significant: it's not prone to runaway chain reactions that can lead to nuclear disasters; its waste products remains dangerous for a much shorter period; and its byproducts aren't useful for making nuclear weapons. In addition, thorium reactors could theoretically be used to burn up the dangerous plutonium stored in existing nuclear waste stockpiles.
Thorium is comparitively only slightly radioactive — the granite in your kitchen countertops has small amounts of it.
Today Nuclear proliferation fears ( we see it today between Iran and Israel..), Nuclear waste that is so difficult to get rid of and Fukushima incident are all forcing the West to once again look at Thorium as a viable long-term option
India is certainly at the forefront of this technology - and with its reported reserves... could we see India being in the forefront of future power generation!
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