Govt ap­proves Rs 1,554-crore R&D project for ther­mal power plants

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Gov­ern­ment ap­proved Rs 1,554 crore R&D project to de­velop ad­vanced ul­tra su­per crit­i­cal (AUSC) tech­nol­ogy for ther­mal power plants, a move that would en­sure en­ergy se­cu­rity.

The CCEA "ap­proved a pro­posal of R&D project for de­vel­op­ment of Ad­vanced Ul­tra Su­per Crit­i­cal (AUSC) tech­nol­ogy for ther­mal power plant with an es­ti­mated cost of Rs 1,554 crore and pro­vid­ing one time bud­getary sup­port of Rs 900 crore spread over a pe­riod of three years, com­menc­ing from 2017-18, to be pro­vided as plan Gross Bud­getary Sup­port to Bhel for im­ple­men­ta­tion of the R&D project," Min­istry of Heavy In­dus­try and Pub­lic En­ter­prises said in a state­ment.

A con­sor­tium of three gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties -- Bharat Heavy Elec­tri­cals Ltd (BHEL), Indira Gandhi Cen­tre of Atomic Re­search (IGCAR) and NTPC -- have pro­posed a R&D project for de­vel­op­ment of AUSC tech­nol­ogy for ther­mal power plants of fu­ture, en­vis­ag­ing re­duced coal con­sump­tion as well as Car­bon Di-ox­ide (CO2) emis­sion, it said.

The project is for­mu­lated with a time­cy­cle of two and a half years, with an es­ti­mated cost of Rs 1,554 crore, with a con­tri­bu­tion of Rs 270 crore from Bhel, Rs 50 crore from NTPC, Rs 234 crore from IGCAR, Rs 100 crore from Depart­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (DST).

Bal­ance amount of Rs 900 crore will be con­trib­uted by Depart­ment of Heavy In­dus­try (DHI) as grant, the state­ment said. The project will en­able In­dian in­dus­tries to de­sign, man­u­fac­ture and com­mis­sion higher ef­fi­ciency coal-fired power plants with in­dige­nously de­vel­oped tech­nol­ogy and man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses. This will be the first time large power plant equip­ment will be man­u­fac­tured with ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies, but with­out any tech­no­log­i­cal col­lab­o­ra­tion/ li­cens­ing agree­ment with for­eign com­pa­nies.


A Par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee sug­gested re­moval of 2.5 per cent duty on im­port of cok­ing coal and scrap­ping of clean en­ergy cess of Rs 400 a tonne, as these mea­sures hin­der com­pet­i­tive­ness of do­mes­tic steel firms. Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Coal and Steel, chaired by Rakesh Singh, pointed out that ex­pen­di­ture by In­dian steel com­pa­nies on re­search and de­vel­op­ment (R&D) re­mained a dis­mal 0.05-0.5 per cent of their sales turnover, which is lower com­pared to 1-2 per cent by those in China, Ja­pan and South Korea.


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