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BHEL, IGCAR & NTPC to Develop Advanced Ultra Super Critical Boilers Print E-mail
Written by Hari   
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Chennai: BHEL, IGCAR (Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research) and NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation) will jointly develop an advanced ultra super critical boiler for coal fired power plants. The boiler would be able to operate at a pressure of 350 bar (a measure of steam pressure) and at a temperature of 700 degrees centigrade.

Approximately 100 people from the 3 organisations will be involved in this project, which is estimated to cost around Rs.10,000 crore to design, develop and build.

O.P. Bhutani, Director - Engineering and R&D, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) said that the research and development would take around 2.5 years while manufacturing and installation would take another 4.5 years. He was speaking at recently held 98th Indian Science Congress at SRM University.

IGCAR will design and develop the  ultra super-critical boiler while BHEL will manufacture the boiler and other equipment needed for power generation. NTPC will focus on operating the plant.

IGCAR has designed and developed materials for the upcoming 500 MW prototype fast breeder reactor at Kalpakkam. It has expertise in equipment design, development of materials that can operate in very high temperature. IGCAR could use the equipment manufacturing codes and standards for the proposed project.

The Indian government has proposed a National Mission for Development of Ultra Supercritical Technology for Thermal Power Plants under the National Action Plan for Climate Change.

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