Indian government backs clean coal initiative

The Indian government is allocating over $232m towards the development of supercritical coal-fired power technology in a bid to curb carbon emissions in the country.

The government approved a proposal to invest in R&D to develop Advanced Ultra Super Critical (AUSC) technology for coal-fired power plants.
Coal power plant
The proposal was submitted by three state owned entities, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Indira Gandhi Centre of Atomic Research (IGCAR) and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).

The project mission is the curb emissions and reduce coal consumptions in plants.

AUSC technology will help Indian companies design and develop energy efficient coal plants with domestic technology without depending on outside technologies.

Indian companies can also manufacture advanced power plant equipment without any collaboration or licensing agreement indigenously.

The technology is expected to reduce CO2 emission by 20 per cent at the source and consume 20 per cent less coal compared to sub-critical plants, 11 per cent compared to a supercritical plant.

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