NTPC, BHEL to set up the first power plant based on Advanced Ultra Super Critical technology

National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), the country’s largest state owned power generator and Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) have signed an MoU for forming a Joint Venture (JV) company, to set up an 800 MW Technology Demonstration Plant (TDP) at NTPC’s existing power plant in Sipat, Chhattisgarh to demonstrate the home-grown Advanced Ultra Super Critical (AUSC) technology which will reduce CO2 emission by 20%.

The TDP will be based on Advanced Ultra Super Critical (AUSC) technology, an advanced coal-based power generation system that works on higher temperatures (above 700oC) and pressures for improved efficiency, reducing coal consumption and CO2 generation. A consortium of BHEL, NTPC and IGCAR (Indira Gandhi Centre of Atomic Research) was formed in 2010, under the aegis of the office of the PSA which has catalyzed the development of the AUSC technology.

Once operational, the TDP at Sipat will be the most efficient coal-fired power plant in the world, while also supporting fulfilment of the NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions) committed by India as part of the Paris Climate Agreement.