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CSIR-CIMFR Hosts CARING-2024 Workshop on Coal Gasification Challenges and Opportunities

Digwadih: The Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CSIR-CIMFR) has commenced its two-day workshop, CARING-2024, focusing on the challenges and opportunities in coal gasification. Held at the CSIR-CIMFR Digwadih Campus, the event brings together industry leaders, researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders to explore the complexities and potential of gasification technology.

The workshop has attracted over 75 participants from various organizations such as Coal India Limited (CIL), Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) Angul, Hindalco Industries, Thermax, and others from across India, making it a significant event in the field of gasification.

The workshop began with a formal opening ceremony, featuring a welcome address by Dr. Arvind Kumar Mishra, Director of CSIR-CIMFR. In his speech, Dr. Mishra emphasized the importance of coal in the global energy mix and highlighted the potential of gasification for producing various value-added products such as methanol, chemicals, fertilizers (including ammonium nitrate), and liquid fuels.

Dr. Prakash D. Chavan, Head of Gasification at CSIR-CIMFR, outlined the objectives of the workshop and its relevance to the industry. He stressed the critical role of gasification in advancing sustainable energy solutions and fostering industrial growth.

The chief guest, Anandji Prasad, Project Advisor from the Ministry of Coal, delivered an insightful inaugural address. He discussed the significant potential of gasification in India’s energy landscape and highlighted the government’s allocation of ₹8500 crore for incentivizing the implementation of gasification projects. Shri Prasad underscored the importance of gasification technology in achieving India’s energy goals and enhancing energy security. He further emphasized the Ministry of Coal’s focus on gasification and creating the ecosystem for realizing the target of 100 MT coal gasification by 2030.

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