Source: The post is based on the article “Year-End Review -2022: Department of Atomic Energy” published in PIB on 3rd January 2023
What is the News?
The Department of Atomic Energy has launched several initiatives and schemes in 2022.
What are the schemes and initiatives launched by the Department of Atomic Energy in 2022?
Apsara-upgraded or Apsara-U: It is an indigenously developed pool-type research reactor, operationalised at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai.
– The reactor is named after the first research reactor of Asia, the original Apsara, commissioned at Trombay in 1956.
– The facility is being used for enhanced production of radioisotopes for applications in the field of Medicine, Industry and Agriculture.
BARC’s NISARGRUNA Biogas plant Based on Biodegradable waste resource: This plant can process biodegradable waste such as kitchen waste, paper, grass, gobar and dry leaves.
– It offers “Zero garbage and Zero effluent“ and provides high-quality manure and methane gas. Weed Free manure obtained from such waste has high nitrogen contents and acts as an excellent soil conditioner.
– This plant could be set up for eco-friendly disposal of wet waste generated in kitchens /canteens of big Hospitals/Hotels/Factories/residential complexes and can avoid health hazards due to dump sites.
Multi-Effect Distillation (MED): It is a thermal desalination technology developed by BARC. It produces distilled quality water directly from seawater by using low/medium pressure steam and electricity.