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Developing a Cluster for Clean Coal Technologies (CCT) and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Technologies for the Indian Thermal Power Sector Project financed by The European Union
In Partnership with : Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)
While the demand for power in India is huge and growing steadily, India is also endowed with a wealth of rich coal reserves and has the third largest coal reserve in the world today. The rising energy demand, available coal endowments and necessity to reduce oil imports, together will intensify coal compulsions of India. In the face of equally compelling carbon emission reduction
requirements globally, more efficient technologies for utilizing our coal reserves becomes increasingly important.
Hence aiming at reducing the environmental impact of coal energy generation in coal fired power plants, the emphasis on clean coal technology can never be overstated. Government of India has also initiated multi-pronged strategies to increase the efficiency of the coal fired power plants and thereby reducing harmful emissions.
In order to assist the Indian Thermal Power Sector to address the challenges of reducing CO2 emissions by using more efficient and latest Clean Coal Technologies, TREC-STEP, in partnership with Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, India's largest public sector manufacturer of power plant equipments, has taken up a major development initiative, funded by the European Union, under its project for 'Developing a Cluster for Clean Coal Technologies (CCT) and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) for the Indian Thermal Power Sector'. With a comprehensive set of actions covering awareness building, capabilities development, demonstration and deployment projects, innovation development and dissemination platforms, this project is expected to promote a groundswell for CCT and CCS initiatives in India.
By bringing together the power majors, including decision making bodies and policy makers, with a focused set of cluster development actions, aiming at awareness, training, benchmarking, international network development, the proposed project aims to impact the decision making in India, favourably, to reduce the level of CO2 emissions and other pollutants, to the planned requirements. Promoting innovative clean tech dedicated start-ups engaged in CCS and CCT, adds to the sustainability and effective implementation of the project aim. So, the cluster and its actions proposed in this project shall add new dimensions and momentum to CCT and CCS initiatives in India, through developing capacities, networks, dissemination, awareness, support and sustainability of the actions.
The activity spectrum being implemented for the project progressively addresses building up a new organizational structure in the form of a carbon cluster, with its hub located in Trichy. The specific activities of the cluster are given below: