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Kalam's roadmap for energy independence

india Updated: Feb 01, 2007 16:59 IST
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Outlining a roadmap for achieving energy independence, President APJ Abdul Kalam on Thursday suggested fine-tuning research to harness non-conventional energy sources and increase the capacity of nuclear power generation.

The energy independence has got to be achieved through three different sources -- hydel, nuclear and non-conventional energy primarily through solar and wind energy -- apart from the use of thermal power through clean coal technology, Kalam said while delivering the 77th convocation address at Osmania University Hyderabad.

Based on the progress visualised for the nation, the power generating capacity has to increase to 400,000 MW by 2030 from the existing 130,000 MW, he said and called for massive encouragement to production of bio-diesel which could transform the oil sector.

One of the important needs for achieving energy independence by 2030 is to increase power generated through renewable energy sources from the existing five per cent to 25 per cent, particularly through solar energy, the President told the gathering comprising students, faculty members and researchers.