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Initiative to promote clean coal technologies

Posted on Nov 28, 06:33PM | IANS

Scores of clean coal technologists from Canada and India will converge here next Tuesday to thrash out strategies to lower carbon emissions during power generation.

In a first-of-its-kind initiative by the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), technologists from Canada and India would focus on sharing their latest findings as also exploring potential partnership areas.

India and Canada have made extensive plans to promote research and development (R and D) and scale up clean coal technologies and commercial deployment.

The subjects to be covered range from coal beneficiation, gasification, combustion and liquefaction to carbon dioxide capture, recovery and utilisation of coal-bed methane.

A panel of eminent Indian experts from coal R and D, industry and government as well as non-governmental agencies will interact with members of both delegations to identify areas suitable for Indo-Canadian Joint initiatives and the nature of such initiatives.

K.V. Raghavan, INAE professor at Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Hyderabad, who will lead the Indian team, said: "Coal being the premier source of energy for power generation in both India and Canada, there are common environmental concerns arising from large-scale coal processing."

The Canadian Association of Engineers delegation will be led by Ravi Ravindran, professor at the Ryerson University in Canada, according to an INAE statement.

"A typical 500 megawatt coal-based power plant is estimated to emit three million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually and its recovery and usage is a huge technological challenge," said Raghavan, who also serves as the vice president of the 25-year-old INAE.

Even though India is the world's third-largest producer of coal with 93 billion tonnes of recoverable resource, its high ash content is the main bottleneck for several application areas.

India is, therefore, importing good quality coal from other countries. India has over 200 coal-based thermal power plants while Canada has around 50.

B. Prasada Rao, chairman and managing director, BHEL, will kick off the day-long conference at the India International Centre here.

The conference is being hosted by INAE and Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) as part of INAE's silver jubilee celebrations.