: Emphasis on early introduction of a regulatory framework for carbon storage by speakers marked the valedictory session of the three-day international training programme on Clean Coal Technologies (CCT) and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) here on Saturday.
While acknowledging the burgeoning energy requirement for developing India, speakers called for a shift to the new process of coal usage to minimise environmental impact, and saw in the training programme a timely significance owing to worldwide concerns about climate change.
The programme organised by Tiruchi Regional Engineering College – Science and Technology Entrepreneurs’ Park (TREC-STEP) in partnership with BHEL Tiruchi with European Union funding oriented about 60 representatives of leading power equipment manufacturers and utilities on the best practices followed worldwide. They were exposed to new successfully tested technologies in CCT and CCS, developments spearheaded by BHEL in India, and emerging topics such as Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology.
International experts representing International Energy Agency, UK; Elcogas, Spain, a frontrunner in IGCC; Siemens AG Energ Sector, Germany; British Geological Survey, UK; Doosan Power Systems, UK; and European Business and Technology Centre, Kolkatta, interacted with energy sector professionals.
Describing the progress achieved by BHEL on the fronts of IGCC, oxyfuel combustion for coals, biomass co-firing, and carbon capture with membrane technology, the Executive Director of BHEL Tiruchi A.V. Krishnan called for formulation of a national policy for storing captured carbon to expand opportunities for power equipment manufacturers and power producers. The CCT and CCS technologies were of paramount importance for independent power producers dependent on imported coal with high sulphur content, Mr. Krishnan said. Awareness created through the programme will serve as a motivation for future planning by power sector, Mr. Krishnan said, referring to the planned additions in the range of 80,000 MW in each of the next two five-year plans.
R.M.P. Jawahar, Executive Director, TREC-STEP, said the concoction of intellectual wealth at the training programme by who’s who in the world’s energy sector was aimed at prompting the Indian power sector that is largely dependent on coal-fired plants to act fast in adopting the new technologies and evade irreversibility of climate change.
John Topper, Managing Director of IEA Clean Coal Centre and its environmental Projects, and Keith Burnard, Senior Coal Analyst, Energy Technology Policy Division, IEA, France, emphasized on the imperative need for India to formulate policies at the earliest for CCS to sustain economic growth.