Advanced Heavy Water Reactor

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  • Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has designed Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR) for utilisation of Thorium.
  • This reactor has several passive safety systems and runs on coolant flow by natural circulation.
  • It meets all the post Fukushima requirements and can withstand severe accidents without exposing radiation in the environment.
  • It meets all the safety features of 3rd generation reactors.
  • AHWR design has been reviewed by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has accorded pre-licensing approval.
  • Government of India has given ‘in principle’ approval for constructing AHWR in Tarapur, Maharashtra.

Source: PIB