The Role of Small Modular Reactors in India for Energy Transition
The NITI Aayog recently released a report on ‘The Role of Small Modular Reactors in the Energy Transition’.
Apart from Renewable Energy (RE), nuclear is also being explored as a clean energy option to help the nations in achieving their decarbonisation goals.
The IEA has projected the global nuclear-installed power capacity to rise from 413 GW in 2021 to 871 GW by 2050.
Ranging from less than 30 MWe to 300+ MWe.
At present, nearly 80 SMR designs are in the development and licensing stages, and a few of them are in the deployment and operational stages.
Innovation in nuclear reactor technologies, both in Large Reactors (LRs) and in the newer concept of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) will be important.
SMR may complement large-size reactors to increase the nuclear share in the energy mix and achieve Net Zero Emissions
The respective governments have to play a major role in consensus building towards nuclear energy by engaging relevant stakeholders.