Adani Group has been leveraging technology for its power business as well as its coal mine projects in India
Staying in line with India’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, the Ministry of Power recently announced the setting up of a National Mission on the use of biomass in coal-based thermal power plants. With this, it seeks to reduce the carbon emissions from thermal power generation, all the while keeping the infrastructure cost at bare minimum.
In addition to this, several power companies too are adopting state-of-the-art technologies across their plants as alternate means to reduce carbon emissions. One such example is Adani Power Limited’s supercritical technology-based thermal power project of around 1,600 MW, in Jharkhand. In the same state Adani Enterprises Ltd, the flagship company of Adani Group and the largest coal mine developer and operator in India, won a coal block last year.
Since the technology consumes less coal per megawatt-hour, it leads to lower emissions. Tata Power too has been making use of super-critical technology and serving over 12 million consumers in India. In fact, it developed the country’s first 4,000 MW Ultra Mega Power Project which is based on this technology.
Power companies are taking a host of measures to reduce carbon emissions from power generation. However, it is equally important to ensure that the coal, which serve as the feedstock, is sustainably mined. The use of UAVs and GIS for monitoring, safety and surveillance aspects by Adani Group, across its coal mines in India, is a fitting example of sustainable mining. The group has also been leveraging eco-friendly surface miner to avoid blasts during coal extractions.
Amid the ever-increasing energy demand, companies like Tata, EMIL and Adani Group are helping in ramping up coal production across mines in India through sustainable means. Likewise, the next step i.e., firing the coal for power generation, should also be carried out in such a way that carbon emissions are kept at bare minimum.