Category — Nuclear Energy

India Develops ECT Robot Manipulator for Nuclear Power Plants

Scientists at India’s Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics have developed a remotely controlled system for inspecting steam generator tube eddy currents in nuclear power plants, which will remove humans from the potentially hazardous job, according to a Sputnik report.

The system is called the ECT Robot Manipulator, which is a “remotely controlled Five-Degree-of-Freedom robotic system used for positioning a probe below the steam generator tube.” A technician with a remote camera is on hand to make final adjustments, if necessary, to position the inspection probe. The camera allows for “automatic visual position correction to compensate for mechanical errors in the system,” the report said.

Image of ECT Robot Manipulator

While robotic systems are deployed elsewhere for steam generator tube work, this is a first for Indian technicians, reports Nuclear Street.

November 13, 2017   No Comments

U.S. Entrepreneur Offers Small Module Reactors to India

Dr. Kris Singh, the Indian-American founder and CEO of New Jersey-based SMR LLC and Holtec International offered mini nuclear reactors to India.

“The new generation small nuclear reactor uses light water technology to produce 160 MW and is the future of nuclear energy because of its unconditional safety and economy,” Singh told the Press Trust of India in a recent interview. These reactors require only a few acres of land, and because they air cooled they can be installed in a desert, unlike traditional reactors which require huge amounts of water for cooling purposes, reports NDTV.

Model of SMR 160

Model of SMR 160

Holtec Asia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Holtec International, recently constructed a facility in Dahej, Gujarat, to develop components for the Small Modular Nuclear Reactor (SMR-160). Singh added that this facility would initially export critical nuclear facility components including air cooled condensers, spent fuel storage, among others to U.S.A. and other countries.

October 11, 2017   No Comments

India, U.S., to Accelerate Cooperation in the Energy Sector

In the wake of President Trump‘s and Indian Prime Minister Modi’s meeting, the White House released a statement that said, “The United States and India are committed to realizing commercial civil nuclear cooperation, in particular through a contract for six Westinghouse Electric AP-1000 nuclear reactors to be built in Andhra Pradesh, India. Once completed, the project will provide reliable electricity for millions of Indian citizens.”

India’s Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said that by the end of the year Westinghouse will rework its current situation and conclude contractual agreements between the Company and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India for the six nuclear reactors, as also related project financing, reports the Economic Times.

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The White House said Indian energy companies have signed more than $30 billion in long-term contracts for U.S.- produced liquefied natural gas, including from Louisiana and Maryland. The industry estimates that Indian companies have invested more than $10 billion in the United States’ liquefied natural gas and shale sectors.
The two countries also announced the Smart Grid and Energy Storage consortia under the U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy and Research Development Center.
Additionally, the U.S. Department of State is facilitating connections between American and Indian industry, state governments, and universities to advance energy solutions, the White House said.

June 27, 2017   No Comments

Russia to Build Two New Nuclear Power Plants in India

India and Russia signed the General Framework Agreement and Credit protocol for Units 5 and 6 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power plant located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd., and Russia’s Atomstroyexport, a subsidiary of Rosatom, will build the reactors. Each of the two units will have a capacity to produce 1,000 MW of power.

Both countries agreed that there were ‘steady and demonstrable’ achievements in bilateral civil nuclear partnership, including transforming the Kudankulum site into one of India’s largest energy hubs, reports BusinessLine.

PM Modi and President Putin

“We will strive to build an ‘energy bridge’ between our states and expand bilateral relations in all areas of energy cooperation, including nuclear, hydrocarbon, hydroelectric, and renewable energy sources and in improving energy efficiency. Cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy has emerged as one of the hallmarks of the strategic partnership between the two countries, contributing to India’s energy security and energizing broader scientific and technological cooperation,” said a ‘Vision Document’ issued after the talks.

June 8, 2017   No Comments

Australia Readies Uranium Supply for India

At a joint news conference in New Delhi with visiting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Turnbull said Australia was looking forward to the first export of Australian uranium to India as soon as possible. “We have worked closely with India to meet our respective requirements for the provision of fuel for India’s civil nuclear program,” he said. “Now we are working with India to secure timely conclusion of a quality Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which would provide a significant boost to regional confidence,” he added.

Indian Prime Minister Modi said that cooperation between the two countries in the energy sector, including renewable energy, was on the upswing.

Turnbull and Modi at Akshardham Temple

The two leaders inaugurated a research center on nano and bio technology. At the event, Modi said that the Australia-India Research Fund of nearly $100 million “has focused on collaborative research projects in the areas such as nano-technology, smart cities, infrastructure, agriculture and disease control.”

April 20, 2017   No Comments