In the next few weeks, Carbon Clean Solutions (CCS), an innovative Indian startup company, is slated to conduct pilot-scale testing of a technology to capture CO2 from power plants and chemical plants. The technology is a solvent that absorbs CO2 out of the power plant exhaust. Anirhudda Sharma and Prateek Bumb, young IIT alumni and co-founders of CCS, will work with American counterparts to test the solvent. The testing will be done at the US Department of Energy’s National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC), where technologies that can capture CO2 can be proven in an industrial setting.
Since its inception in 2008, the NCCC has identified and tested technologies from developers around the world seeking innovations capable of dramatically improving the cost and performance of carbon capture. Officials at the NCCC have had two recent trips to India, meeting top Indian officials, and those from the private sector and industries as well. The NCCC delegation is expected to travel to India for another round of talks after the general elections. Noting that India being one of the major emitters of CO2 in of the world, along with the US and China, NCCC experts feel that international collaboration is critical to CO2 emission reduction. Testing at this state-of-the-art facility will allow CCS and NCCC participants to share lessons learned from previous carbon capture technology development. According to latest statistics India is emitting around two billion tons of CO2 per year and it is increasing every year. Observing that as many as 70 percent of power in India is generated by coal-fired power plants, experts argue that India needs to join the initiative so it can become a member of an elite research facility. This will allow India scientists to be part of the various carbon capture technologies being developed globally. (PTI)