Outreach work in India – our USDOS project

The aim of this project was to evaluate challenges in India concerning clean and efficient power plant operation and based on this, to develop and deliver training and capacity building through 12 regional workshops.

The work in India is divided into three separate areas of interest:

Continuous emission monitoring (CEMS):

This work focused on capacity building to enable the power plant operators to measure and monitor emissions from coal power plants accurately and reliably for compliance and control purposes, in accordance with legal requirements that had been in place since 2018. During 2022, ICSC led a 2–3-day training programme with site visits for hands-on experience, covering both US and EU methods for emissions monitoring, which was delivered to over 400 delegates at four regional workshops in July (Bhopal and Bhubaneswar) and November (Visakhapatnam and New Delhi). This area of work is now complete. More details on this work, including the report and published training materials, can be found here

Improving environmental performance:

This work covers the identification of multipollutant control techniques and technologies most suited to Indian power plants and coals, as well as identifying routes for ash management. Two reports have been published. Four regional events were arranged in conjunction with CII, NTPC, Adani and other stakeholders and were held throughout 2023. More information is available here.

Flexibility for power plants:

This work has focused on maximising coal power plant flexibility, to ensure adequate interaction with variable renewable energy (VRE) for reliable grid operation with minimal adverse impact on performance. This comprised the preparation and delivery by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) with support from NTPC Ltd, of strategic and practical training for power plant operatives and other stakeholders. The training was based on a ‘Flexibility Toolkit’ developed under a separate USAID/US Department of Energy project. Training materials were prepared, and hands-on workshops were delivered to over 400 delegates at four regional locations in India in June (New Delhi and Hyderabad) and November (Raipur and Ahmedabad) 2022. This work has led to the launch of a new Indian stakeholder initiative called FlexIndia in  November 2022. More about this work can be found here.