Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Official sets out development priorities for Russia`s nuclear power sector


The creation of more powerful nuclear reactors and hydrogen-based energy are the main priorities for Russia's atomic scientists, who are today celebrating 60 years since the founding of their branch of science. This was said by head of Rosatom [Federal Agency for Atomic Energy] Aleksandr Rumyantsev in a message congratulating workers in the nuclear sector, received by ITAR-TASS.
"Of course military matters still occupy an important place, as by handling these the security of the state is guaranteed, but atomic scientists are also promoting civilian conversion technologies, which today have already made it into space and exploit the world's oceans," Rumyantsev noted.
"We are making sure progress towards finding solutions to problems, which just yesterday were believed to be tasks for the distant future," he stressed. He singled out "the move, on one hand, to 1,500 MW reactors and, on the other hand, to low capacity reactors, including floating reactors," as being priorities in the energy sector. Among the innovatory projects named by Rumyantsev were heavy coolant reactors and also hydrogen power. "Currently a state programme for the development of hydrogen power is being drawn up. The possibilities it offers, being environmentally safe, are immense," he noted.

Source: ITAR-TASS news agency, Moscow


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