For India the rationale for developing FBR is nuclear fuel security. India has limited uranium mineral resources that necessitate importing the fuel which has its uncertainties. But India is rich in thorium deposits. Though thorium cannot be used directly as nuclear fuel, it can be converted into useful fuel along with the spent uranium in a FBR.
Dr Anil Kakodkar, former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, visited the Economist House on 10 March. He graciously mentioned: “your TerraPower article (IE March issue) attracted and made me come here.” Dr Kakodkar referred to the father of nuclear energy in India, Dr Homi Bhabha, envisioning the prospects for the use of