MUMBAI: With India’s heavy water production increasing to a stage where the commodity is now exported to the US and other countries, the Heavy Water Board (HWB) could soon become an energy enterprise, a senior official said today.
The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has a lot of expectations from the HWB to be an energy producer instead of being just a supplier to pressurized heavy water reactors of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd, Atomic Energy Commission chief Anil Kakodkar said here.
Speaking at the inauguration of Heavy Water Day at Trombay, he said the DAE envisages the HWB will also produce deuterium and tritium in good quantities in the next few decades as they are sources of fusion energy.
“Since India has become a participating member of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Research (ITER), HWB’s role in the future could be further expanded,” he said.
The HWB has diversified its activities into polio vaccine storage, extraction of uranium from phosphoric acid, production of enriched boro carbide that will be useful as control rods in fast breeder reactors), production of isotope of oxygen (O-18) used in positron emission tomography, use of deuterium in polymer industry, transportation and hydrogen economy.
According to Kakodkar, “DAE should be ready to change the name of the Heavy Water Baord to an energy enterprise.”