Asserting that energy independence is India's first and highest priority, President APJ Abdul Kalam on Friday said the country has to go in for nuclear power in a big way using thorium-based reactors.
"Energy independence is India's first and highest priority. We are determined to achieve this by the year 2030 through three different sources -- renewable energy, electrical power from nuclear energy and hydro-power for the transportation sector," Kalam said addressing scientists of Greek's National Centre for Scientific Research Demokritos in Athens.
Pointing out that energy independence threw very important technological challenges to the world, Kalam told the scientists of Greece, a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, that there was a need for converting thorium into a fissile material using fast breeder technology.
"India has to go in for nuclear power generation in a big way using thorium-based reactors. Thorium, a non-fissile material is available in abundance in our country."
"Intensive research is essential for converting thorium for maximising its utilisation and generating electric power through thorium-based reactors," Kalam said.
Calling for greater cooperation between Greece and Indian scientists, the president listed seven areas -- energy sector, nuclear power generation, Proteomics, HIV/AIDS, stem cell, earthquake and rainfall -- where the two countries could begin research together.