BARC offers technology to turn sewage into fertiliserJuly 28th, 2012 - 1:56 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, July 28 (IANS) India’s premier nuclear research organisation, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), is planning to deploy its technology in treatment of sewage through radiation, and its conversion into bio-fertiliser.
The BARC wishes to share its technology with state governments and various municipal bodies, its director Sekhar Basu said.
“We are certainly interested in approaching the state governments and other organisations to spread the societal use of nuclear technologies,” Basu said, speaking to reporters here Friday.
Through irradiation - the process of exposing an object to nuclear radiation - the harmful bacteria and other pathogens will be eliminated and the waste sludge when dried will be used as a bio-fertiliser, he said, elaborating on the process.
This system is being used in a sewage water treatment plant in Gujarat. The BARC will now start approaching the municipal organisations for radiation treatment of sewage, he said.
Basu said the agency will also start talking to agricultural universities in the country to propagate its seed varieties and techniques for preservation of farm produce.
The atomic research agency has also developed around 15 varieties of confectionary grade high yielding groundnut and black gram seeds.
The agency has developed micro-propagation protocols, a technique for large-scale rapid plant multiplication for banana, sugarcane, pineapple, potato, turmeric and ginger.
While the banana tissue culture production has been transferred to a couple of agencies, BARC is now working on sugarcane, pineapple and other farm produces.
On the disposal of radioactive waste from nuclear reactors, Basu said BARC will commission a new facility in Tarapur in Maharashtra next year and that would facilitate burning of waste elements.
He said the longer and shorter life radioactive materials will be separated during the reprocessing of fuel.
“The isotopes with shorter life will be stored in underground facility and the longer life ones would be burned in fast breeder reactor like the one that is coming up in Kalpakkam (500 MW prototype fast breeder reactor),” Basu said.
- Nuclear technology will aid people, farms and factories: BARC director (Interview) - Jul 19, 2012
- Sekhar Basu new BARC chief - Jun 18, 2012
- New AEC chairman Sinha expert on n-reactor technology (Profile) - Apr 30, 2012
- IAEA chief Yukiya Amano to visit Mumbai, Kalpakkam - Jan 14, 2011
- India committed to fast breeder reactor programme - Oct 10, 2010
- No screening of people coming from Japan: Regulator - Mar 28, 2011
- Radioactive water leaks at Japan nuclear plant - Mar 19, 2012
- Fresh radioactive water leakage at Fukushima n-plant - Jan 22, 2012
- Conference on strategic electronics at Hyderabad - Nov 23, 2011
- 86 percent work on Kalpakkam N-plant complete: Official - Apr 30, 2012
- India suspends food imports from Japan - Apr 05, 2011
- Chetal is new chief of IGCAR - May 01, 2011
- On Chernobyl anniversary, experts confident about nuclear energy - Apr 26, 2011
- Decontamination of New Delhi's radioactive hotspots underway - May 17, 2010
- 'Regulating various nuclear reactors in India a challenge' - Oct 12, 2010
Tags: agricultural universities, atomic research centre, banana tissue culture, bhabha atomic research centre, black gram, disposal of radioactive waste, groundnut, harmful bacteria, micro propagation, municipal bodies, nuclear radiation, nuclear reactors, nuclear technologies, radiation treatment, seed varieties, sewage water treatment, state governments, tarapur, waste sludge, water treatment plant