An issue of ‘ultra-supercritical’ importance
Since coal is here to stay for a while, the technology will help green the process while making it more efficient
Under Indian conditions an efficiency level of 38-40 per cent should be attainable. This alone can reduce coal requirement by 111 million tonnes.
Consequently, India’s leading utilities and suppliers aligned themselves with this goal which led to the birth of several JVs manufacturing supercritical equipment to improve the efficiency of coal power plants in the country.
Ultra-supercritical technology is the new paradigm that the Indian power sector is aiming to touch. India’s power generation over the next few decades will continue to depend heavily on coal. The latest figure for total installed capacity of power generation in India is 273 GW. Out of this, installed capacity for coal stands at a colossal 165 GW!