Mumbai, Feb 13 (UNI) The new concept of Accelerator Driven Sub-critical System (ADS)-based energy amplifiers not only gives energy, but also permits growth in the installed capacity in the third-stage of the Indian nuclear programme.
Delivering the speech on 'The Thorium Driven Energy Amplifier' at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Professor Carlo Rubbia, 1984 Nobel Laureate said that ADS in this concept, a high energy proton beam from an accelerator, striking a lead bismuth target, provides neutrons to the sub-critical reactor. He further said in particular, a plutonium-throium fuelled sub-critical reactor combined with the accelerator is an excellent choice.
Professor Rubbia showed that based on his design, the waste generation can be reduced over a period of time to as low as naturally available thorium, and thorium fuelled reactors are also proliferation resistant.
He further said that the world is concerned with the conventional power plants using coal and gas fuel because of the green house gasses that are generated by them.
''It is recognised world wide that nuclear reactor systems are one of the better alternatives to overcome these issues,'' he said.
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