Clean Energy Research and Deployment Initiative Assessment Report on Cleaner Coal Technology
This 2010 report assesses the potential for cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from coal-fired power plants in India. It was commissioned as part of the Clean Energy Research and Deployment Initiative (CERDI), which builds upon U.S.-India energy programs.
India’s power sector is growing rapidly and coal is the primary energy source that underpins its economic development. This is expected to be the case for many years. Many of its existing coal-fired plants are aging and are no longer very efficient and reliable.
Increasing the efficiency of existing coal-fired plants can have the greatest near-term impact in lowering carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from this source, it states. Future power plants must use advanced clean coal technologies, including carbon capture storage, if India is to significantly cut its CO2 emissions.
It notes that policies and regulations are in place to support the adoption of cleaner coal technologies. There is a need to use better operating and maintenance practices in new plants, it states, in order to take advantage of private investments being made to boost India’s power generating capacity.
The report also endorses creating a service provider network and building a model coal-fired plant, concepts supported by the government. However, it says India insists it isn’t ready to consider deploying carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.