Response to Hans-Peter Durr for his advice to India to abandon nuclear power

Apparently, Hans-Peter Durr has not understood the power requirements of India; It is growing at a rate of 12-13% annually. India does not have the luxury to choose one mode of power generation over another. The long term status of India’s electric power needs are analyzed by many scholars. One of the latest appeared in CURRENT SCIENCE, a respected Indian journal.

The energy specialist  examined whether renewable energy sources eventually
supply India’s electricity needs in the future?

“The estimates made here indicate that even with a frugal per capita electricity need of 2000 kWh/annum and a stabilized population of 1700 million by 2070, India would need to generate 3400 TWh/yr. As opposed to this, a systematic analysis of the information available on all the renewable energy sources indicates that the total potential is only around 1229 TWh/yr. It is concluded that in the future as fossil fuels are exhausted, renewable sources alone will not suffice for meeting India’s needs”.

Renewables have a definite role to play. India is planning for an installed capacity of 20,000 MW of solar power by 2020. India now has an installed capacity of over 14,000 MW of wind power.

We must tap all sources wherever we can. Not many may know that windmills are installed at the site of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. The following article analyzes the possibilities for an alternative to Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.:

http://www.npcil.nic.in/pdf/news_04nov2011_01.pdf

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About ksparthasarathy

I am a former Secretary of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. I am a former Raja Ramanna Fellow in the Department of Atomic Energy. Free lance journalism is my hobby
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2 Responses to Response to Hans-Peter Durr for his advice to India to abandon nuclear power

  1. ittanmomen says:

    Without having traveled the country, I do know that there are issues with the electricity grid. Would decentralised (ideally renewable) generation not make electricity supply in India more resilient and efficient, rather than massive remote plants?

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    • India is a vast country with great potential for decentralized electricity generation.In fact that has been the policy of the Government of India.India now produces nearly 15,000 MW of wind power many times more than nuclear. Government is encouraging wind power with appropriate incentives. There is a need to tap all renewable energy sources. An energy specialist has estimated that the maximum renewable energy India can tap will be 36.1% He believes that renewables alone cannot meet the requirements

      Solar passive heating of water is compulsory in some cities.

      India does not have the luxury to choose any single mode of power generation.The need for power increases at the rate of about 10% per year!

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