Bangalore: India can now collaborate with the institutions in the European Union for nuclear energy research and development as the European Commission has received a mandate from its member states for the same.
The negotiations for a research deal will begin in the next few weeks, said ambassador of the European Commission delegation in India Daniele Smadja.
This comes four years after EU and India signed an agreement on nuclear fusion research, which allowed India in 2005 to participate in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Research project.
A large part of the new collaboration, Smadja said in Bangalore, will be towards research in the next generation safeguards of nuclear installations.
However, there’s another area of research, carbon capture and storage, or CCS — where India recently rejected EU’s proposal to participate in a demonstration project. CCS is emerging as a new approach to capture
industrial carbon dioxide at the source and inject it underground.
We understand India’s concern in not allowing demonstration of carbon capture and storage technology on its soil since it’s a densely populated country and the technology is still in the research stage. But we will keep India informed so that if it decides to participate at any stage, it can join the project, said Smadja.