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Already in the year 2050 India will be the most populated country in the world. Population growth and sustained economic growth will make India to one of the biggest economies in the world, consuming huge amounts of energy. The study shows that India would consume in 2100 a third of the global electricity demand of 2000. If no interventions are considered, coal will keep its position as dominant source in the electricity sector throughout the whole 21st century. This would result in tremendous CO(2) emissions. The picture changes completely, if stringent restrictions on CO(2) emissions are applied. In the case of strict emission reductions new technologies like fusion could make an inroad to the Indian energy system. Especially if it is assumed that the safety and environmental advantages of fusion compared to fission are accounted for.

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Authors: HAMACHER T, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, IPP-EURATOM Association, Garching (DE);SHUKLA R P, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IN);SEEBREGTS A J, Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), Petten (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Fusion Engineering and Design, Volume 69, Issues 1-4 , September 2003 , Pages 733-737 (22nd Symposium on Fusion Technology)
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