A workshop on Advances in Fossil Fuel Technologies & Investment for Power Generation was held in New Delhi on the 6th-7th of June, 2012. Organized by Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) in cooperation with Ministry of Power, Government of India, the workshop also saw JRE School of Engineering as a part of this event. National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), India and World Energy Council- Indian Member Committee (WEC-IMC) were also other major names in the energy domain that shared their presence at the event. JRE was represented by Dr. Krishna Rao, Dean-JRE School of Engineering and Mr. Yudhishthir Pandey, Asst Prof, Dept of Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Chief Economist, UNESCAP and Director, Sub- Regional officer for South and South-West Asia, New Delhi gave the welcome address followed by an opening address by Mr. Arup Roy Choudhury, CMD, NTPC & Secretary, WEC-IMC, New Delhi and an inaugural address by Mr. P. Uma Shankar, Secretary, Ministry of Power. Many eminent personalities from governmental & non-governmental organizations were also present.
The objective of the workshop was to share research findings of coal based power generation, regulatory frameworks, investment and climate change concerns in countries like India, China, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine. There was also a discussion on current opportunities and challenges in developing and deploying advanced fossil fuel technologies in India. The participants shared their experiences regarding the best possible ways of funding and creating an investment climate for cleaner electricity production. The workshop sought to enhance technology used in coal combustion and power plant capacity by increased coal mining and the use of Fluidized Bed Combustion and Clean Coal Technology thereby increasing efficiency by 45%. Now, in order to enhance such capacities focus would have to be made on FDI & domestic funds to meet the investment needs.
Moreover, in order to cut costs, technology for the coal mining and combustion industry needs to be indigenous, not imported. Another important inference drawn in the workshop was to focus on renewable energy sources for sustainable development.
The workshop was organized by various departments of the United Nations and hence the research & findings have given valuable insights on power generation and sustainability.