What do you understand by the Advanced Ultra-Supercritical (AUSC) Technology? While highlighting the key features of National Mission on Advanced Ultra-Supercritical (AUSC) Technology, discuss how it can change India's energy paradigm.
Advanced ultra-supercritical technology for thermal power production operates on critical temperature and critical pressure of water in range of 700-760 degrees and 350 bars and targets operating efficiency greater than 50%. The key features of National Mission on Advanced Ultra-Supercritical (AUSC) Technology are as follows:
- The mission aims to spend nearly $ 238 million on cleaner coal utilisation technology
- It proposes setting up of two Centres of Excellence on clean coal technologies.
- Government has approved a budget of Rs 1554 crore for the research and development of AUSC technology for thermal power plants
- The design of the 800 MW advanced ultra supercritical (AUSC) boiler for coal power plant is expected to be ready by 2019-2020.
- It aims to construct Smart Grids & and improve Energy Storage facility in the country
- Government has also announced two Mission Innovation-centric funding opportunities in smart grid and off grid access.
- Under the Indo–US Joint Clean Energy Research Programme, a new collaborative public–private programme on Smart Grids & Energy Storage has been approved.
Advanced ultra supercritical technology is a pioneering indigenous technology and has potential enough to solve the bottlenecks of coal based power plants and change energy paradigm of the country.