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Could nuclear-power industry thrive without uranium?

from India Today

The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai has announced its design of a prototypical, mainly thorium-based advanced heavy-water reactor (AHWR) for the generation of electricity. This could be a boon to the nuclear-power industry, because thorium is more plentiful than uranium, less expensive, produces far less waste, and is far more difficult to weaponize. According to Atomic Energy Commission Chair Dr. R. K. Sinha, construction of the AHWR will take about eight years. He expects it to start generating electricity in 2025. "Utilization of thorium… will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, mostly imported, and will be a major contribution to global efforts to combat climate change." more


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