The key technology is not in laboratory, this is really happening
You are heading the thermal business for General Electric (GE) in South Asia. Can you throw some light on the business and the prospects in India?
I have been working with GE Power in Zurich, Switzerland for the last 12 years. Around two years ago, GE acquired the thermal power business of Alstom and I had the opportunity to head the South Asian division of this business in India.
Change norms for clean air
India´s pollution challenges are bigger in comparison to other countries. One, because it is a developing nation and two, because large swathes of the country still aren´t exposed to industrialisation as compared to others. As such, if our energy usage is not changed from what it is now, India is likely to be in the grip of pollution for an extended period of time.
Mineral infusion | A long term solution to the abrasion and wear problem
As governments globally become increasingly concerned about the air we breathe, regulatory agencies are aggressively implementing air pollution control (APC) standards, requiring sophisticated scrubbing equipment for flue gases emitted by energy generating boiler systems.
Upgrades of extant capacities to cost Rs.2.4 lakh crore
New thermal plants deploying super-critical technology contribute significantly to reduction in CO2 emissions. The focus for coal-based power sector should be efficient management, especially in the areas of Plant Load Factor (PLF), efficiency improvement, pollution control, water consumption and ash utilisation
Impact of costs should get pass through in tariffs
Preliminary estimates indicate capital expenditure requirement in the range of Rs.1.25 Cr/MW to Rs.1.5 Cr/MW, i.e about 20-25 per cent of the capital cost of a coal based power plant. Considering the above estimates, the total outlay involved could be about Rs.2.5 lakh crores.
Clouds around coal
Coal plays an essential role in our global energy mix, particularly in India and the developing world through electricity generation. This fossil fuel has gained prominence due to its availability in abundance in the bowels of earth, lack of disastrous impact like nuclear plants do, and favourable economics it continues to enjoy in power generation