AERB Clears Radial Blanket Loading For PFBR Reactor

The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has granted permission for loading radial blanket sub-assemblies into the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) core at Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu. This green light marks a significant milestone towards making India’s first indigenous 500 MWe fast breeder reactor operational.

What are Radial Blanket Sub-Assemblies?

Radial blanket sub-assemblies are crucial components within the reactor core. They play a vital role in the breeding process, a key feature of fast breeder reactors. Fast breeder reactors utilize neutrons more efficiently than conventional reactors, generating more fuel than they consume.

The successful loading of radial blanket sub-assemblies signifies substantial progress in the PFBR’s commissioning phase. This paves the way for further steps towards reactor criticality and eventual power generation.