Union Minister of Science & Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, inaugurated the National
Centre for Clean Coal Research and Development at Indian Institute of Science
(IISc)-Bengaluru on 16 September 2019.
Government of India through Department of Science
& Technology has set up the National Centre for Clean Coal Research and
Development (NCCCR&D) as a national level consortium on clean coal R&D,
led by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc)-Bengaluru.
Breakthrough research potentially a game
changer says Minister
“The breakthrough research being pursued at IISc in clean
coal domain could potentially be game changer for meeting the energy needs
of the country in terms of higher
efficiency and capacity at
lower operating costs and size. I am sure this would result in research, development
and demonstration of state-of-art tools, products and processes which are of
critical importance for our energy security,” said Dr Vardhan
ICER also dedicated to the nation
Dr. Harsh Vardhan also dedicated an Interdisciplinary
Centre for Energy Research (ICER) to the Nation which is India’s first of its kind centre
equipped with state-of-art facilities for conducting wide spectrum of energy
research by knowledge network of elite researchers.
“Government of India will be facilitating
all such efforts and complementing and supplementing both in terms of technical
knowledge and finances, adequately for strengthening ICER, in particular and
scientific community in general”, said the Minister.
Secretary, Department of Science & Technology (DST),
Prof. Ashutosh Sharma and Director, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Prof.
Anurag Kumar, were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma,
Secretary, DST emphasised the need for accelerated clean energy innovation and Prof.
Anurag Kumar, Director, IISc reiterated institutes commitment to contribute to
larger national goals and pursue R&D endeavours to benefit the humanity
through sustainable interventions..
Development of clean coal technologies a
prime necessity for India to achieve climate change targets
In order to achieve international targets on climate
change by minimizing anthropogenic emissions and also to address the
ever-growing energy demand of India, development of clean coal technologies
from coal-based power plants has become a prime necessity for India. The
pathways identified for lowering the carbon footprint of coal-based thermal
power plants is by shifting towards high efficiency advanced
ultra-supercritical (AUSC) steam power plants as well as supercritical carbon
dioxide (s-CO2) based Brayton cycle power plants, along with exploration of new
combustion and gasification technologies.