The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CEEA) has given its approval for the development of Advanced Ultra Super Critical (AUSC) technology for thermal power plants.
In this regard, CCEA has approved a one-time grant of 900 crore rupees spread over three years for an R&D project for the development of AUSC technology for thermal power plants.
The project was proposed by a consortium of three government entities to reduce coal consumption as well as Carbon di-oxide (CO2) emission. They are
- Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL),
- Indira Gandhi Centre of Atomic Research (IGCAR)
- National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).
- AUSC technology will enable Indian industries to design, manufacture and commission higher efficiency coal-fired power plants with indigenously developed technology.
- This will be the first time large power plant equipment will be manufactured without any technological collaboration or licensing agreement with foreign companies.
- Use of this technology in all future large coal-fired power plants will ensure energy security for the country for a longer period as well as greener environment.
- Power generation from coal-fired power plants contributes to about 38% of CO2 pollution in the atmosphere.
- AUSC technology which is still in research stage will help in 20% reduction in CO2 emission at source combined with 20% saving in coal consumption compared to sub-critical plants.