A US federal agency has tied up with an Indian engineering consultancy services firm to advance the adoption, use and research on commercial scale coal gasification and develop carbon capture storage and utilisation technologies in India.
The move was prompted by the government’s green move, as part of which it has decided to fully finance Carbon Capture and Utilisation Technologies, which includes other initiatives such as solar power penetration and adoption of electric vehicles. This technology, which controls the emission of CO2 and makes it available for productive industrial uses, is in use in US and few other countries. Through its tie up with the US DoE, M N Dastur & Company has taken the first step to bring the technology to India.
As part of the agreement, the NCCC will offer knowledge sharing by its world-class neutral test centre to advance carbon capture technologies relevant to the Indian context, which could then be implemented by the private and state enterprises in India, it said.
"Economically attractive hyper-scale coal gasification based on low grade Indian coals, along with carbon capture, can have a transformational impact on the Indian economy," Atanu Mukherjee, president of M N Dastur & Co, said.
"This can enable large scale economically viable clean coal-based industries like steel, chemicals, cement, fertiliser and power," he added.
Dastur will work with the DoE and the NCCC on technology scaling, economic viability, investment enablement, policy advocacy and strategic and operational designs, both at the government and the enterprise level, Mukherjee said.
Frank Morton, Director of NCCC, said Dastur's storied history and world-class expertise in the metals, mining and energy industries would complement the US Department of Energy's capabilities and the NCCC's world-class research and technology resources in gasification and carbon capture.
"This will address the growing need to have a multi-pronged approach to the abatement of greenhouse gases in India while not compromising on economic growth," Morton said.