US govt agency to help India build carbon capture storage, utilization tech

US govt agency to help India build carbon capture storage, utilization tech

A US federal agency has tied up with an engineering consulting firm Dastur to advance the adoption, use and research on commercial scale coal gasification and develop carbon capture storage and utilisation technologies in India.

Through its partnership with Dastur, and its energy affiliate Dastur Energy, the US Department of Energy and its National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) envisions to accelerate the participation of government of India institutions and the Indian private and state enterprises in the development and commercialisation of technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a media release said Friday.

As part of the agreement, the NCCC will offer knowledge sharing by its world-class neutral test centre to advance carbon capture technologies relevant to the Indian context, which could then be implemented by the private and state enterprises in India, it said.

“Economically attractive hyper-scale coal gasification based on low-grade Indian coals, along with carbon capture, can have a transformational impact on the Indian economy,” Atanu Mukherjee, president and CEO of Dastur, said.

“This can enable large-scale economically viable clean coal-based industries like steel, chemicals, cement, fertiliser and power,” he added.

Dastur will work with the DoE and the NCCC on technology scaling, economic viability, investment enablement, policy advocacy and strategic and operational designs, both at the government and the enterprise level, Mukherjee said.

Frank Morton, Director of NCCC, said Dastur’s storied history and world-class expertise in the metals, mining and energy industries would complement the US Department of Energy’s capabilities and the NCCC’s world-class research and technology resources in gasification and carbon capture.

“This will address the growing need to have a multi-pronged approach to the abatement of greenhouse gases in India while not compromising on economic growth,” Morton said.”