Clean Coal Technology Workshop, India

Earlier this year Ian Barnes, an associate consultant of the Clean Coal Centre, was invited to present a paper on “Trends and technologies for improved efficiency in coal-fired power plant” at a workshop on Sustainable Clean Power in Chandigarh, India.  The workshop was organised under the auspices of the EU-China-India Cooperation programme and was held at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID). CRRID has many famous alumni and the chairman of the governing body is Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India.

The workshop ran over two days and featured presentations on a number of clean coal-related topics including; policy and mechanisms for carbon abatement, technology developments for power generation and underground coal gasification.  Ian took the opportunity to present a second paper on behalf of the IEA CCC on “Next generation coal gasification technology” which was the subject of his recent report for the Centre (CCC/187).  He gave an overview of the Clean Coal Centre and its activities, and drew attention to the (then) upcoming CCT2013 conference in Thessaloniki.

The event was very well covered in the local and national press and by the local TV company who interviewed Ian on energy matters.  Approximately 40 delegates attended the workshop over two days and included representatives from utility companies, boiler and equipment manufacturers, environmental monitoring and enforcement agencies and academe.
Dr Rashpal Malhotra, Executive Vice Chairman, CRRID, stressed that clean coal technology and methods of capturing and storing carbon dioxide are very important to the Government of India. The Prime Minister has formed a committee to oversee these developments in India with membership from all relevant Ministries and Agencies and the report of the proceedings of the workshop has been submitted to that committee.

Ms Elodie Maria-Sube, Cooperation Officer, EU Delegation to India, delivered a presentation demonstrating the EU’s commitment towards reducing climate change and encouraging the exchange of know-how between EU and Indian stakeholders to contribute to that process.