Nuclear Power is the fourth-largest source of electricity after Thermal, Hydroelectric and Renewable sources of energy. As on date, India has 20 nuclear reactors operating in six nuclear power plants generating close to 4800 MW while seven other reactors are under construction expected to generate an additional 5300 MW. In line with its vision of achieving nuclear power reliability with a capacity of 63,000 MW by 2032, India has commissioned the first of its PWR reactors at the Kudankulam, with each reactor generating 1000 MW power. One of the reactors that attained criticality in July this year has already started generating power.
One of the world’s fastest growing economies, India has made huge strides to increase its capacity for nuclear generation of electricity. India now envisages increasing the contribution of nuclear power to overall electricity generation capacity from 3.2% to 9% within 25 years. By 2020, India's installed nuclear power generation capacity will touch 20,000 MW from the current capacity of 4, 780 MW, which will be another four-fold increase in power generation.
In an endeavor to support and promote the growth and development of the civil nuclear energy sector, UBM India is presenting the 5th edition of the International Exhibition and Summit for the Civil Nuclear Energy Sector- India Nuclear Energy 2013. The event will be organized from 28 – 30 November 2013 at Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai. International participation from countries like France, Canada, UK, USA, Germany and Belarus will be there. The event will see participation by leading companies like DAE, NPCIL, ALSTOM, AREVA, NUVIA INDIA, UCIL, HWB, AERB, CANDU ENERGY, CAMECO, GERB, LISEGA, DELTA CONTROLS, POLIMASTER, etc to name a few. It will provide an opportunity for domestic & international companies to avail of the huge untapped potential that the nuclear industry presents in India.
Yukiya Amano, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) stated in one of the recent Nuclear Power conferences that, “Nuclear power can help to improve energy security. For rapidly developing economy such as India, it can make a vitally important contribution to growth. Besides, nuclear power can also reduce the impact of volatile fossil fuel prices and mitigate the effects of climate change. Not only for developing countries, but even developed countries need electricity to maintain economic competitiveness and nuclear power will have an important contribution to make.”
Along with the co-organizer, DAE (Dept. of Atomic Energy) and supporting partner, NPCIL (Nuclear Power Corporation India Ltd.), a summit will be organized on the theme ‘Nuclear Power In India Moving Ahead’where the eminent - Dr. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India will be the Guest of Honor. Along with India Nuclear Energy Summit, important seminars like Canada – India and India – UK Collaboration will also be held. A half day seminar on Radiation Processing of Food co-organized by AFSTI (Association of Food Scientists & Technologists) will also be one of the key highlights.
With a focus of creating awareness amongst the young engineers and students about the importance of Nuclear Power for India, a pre event engagement and town-hall was successfully conducted for engineering students of Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering – Kharghar, Navi Mumbai VJTI, Matunga and for science students of SIES Sion on the theme - Nuclear Power in India - The Need , The Perceptions , The Realities. The presenter was Mr. S. K Malhotra, Head, Public Awareness Division of Department of Atomic Energy. 350 students were in attendance and also included some faculty members. Senior officials from NPCIL also attended. 220 students attended the town hall / interactive seminar at VJTI, Matunga. 110 students including faculty members attended the seminar at SIES, Sion.
Joji George, Managing Director, UBM says, “India Nuclear Energy 2013 will provide a suitable platform for companies to display their products and services to one of the largest markets in the world. This event will bring international suppliers & manufacturers closer to the industry’s users & buyers. For a developing nation like India with a large population density, nuclear power will play an important role for sustainable supply of energy.”
India now ranks sixth in terms of production of nuclear energy, behind the U.S., France, Japan, Russia, and South Korea.