Meet on Fly Ash Focuses on New Tech Options

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JAMSHEDPUR: The National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML) jointly with the Centre for Fly Ash Research and Management (C-FARM) New Delhi organized an industry meet here on Friday with an objective to provide information on new technology options and need for updating existing technology vis-a-vis effective utilization of fly ash.

The daylong meet, held at the NML auditorium, concluded with a resolution to engage newer technological tools for effective utilization of fly ash, which is a byproduct generated because of burning of coal in boilers of thermal power plants.

“The annual generation of fly ash has touched 200 million tonnes per year but utilization is only 50%. Use of remaining fly ash is a serious challenge as its disposal not only occupies the valuable land, but also creates environmental problems if not disposed off systematically,” said head, fly ash unit, department of science and technology, government of India, Vimal Kumar.

NML director S Srikanth told the delegates about the various process developed at CSIR-NML and other labs. “There is a need of industrial collaboration to translate the potential process into technology of fly ash utilization,” said Srikanth.

Former C-FARM director D V Singh called upon the manufacturing and power sector industry to support technological innovations in the fly ash field.

“Environmental problems emanating from ineffective utilization of fly ash in the contemporary times could be resolved through high end technological tools,” said Singh. More than 100 delegates representing 60 industries participated in the meet.

Earlier, NML principal scientist and organizing secretary Sanjay Kumar welcomed the delegates and spoke about the industry meet.

(Times of India)

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