NTPC is a technology driven company and is fully aligned to the needs of adapting to emerging technologies and upgrading the technologies through R&D. The company is particularly sensitive to R&D and paradigm shift which it can make. Towards this, NTPC has a multi-pronged approach. NETRA (NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance) has come into existence in 2009 after merging of R&D center (Established in 1981) and Energy Technologies.
The focus areas are: Climate change, waste management, new & renewable energy, efficiency improvement and cost reduction besides providing scientific support to NTPC and external utilities for improving availability, reliability and efficiency.
The focus is on developing cutting edge technologies by carrying out applied research which will manifest into cost reduction and environment protection. NETRA is networked with Institutes/organizations for research related to development of cost economic technologies in the field of Climate change, New & Renewable energy, efficiency & reliability enhancement of thermal power generation and CO2 mitigation/fixation. It is also in the dialogue with many International institutes/organizations for networking in these areas.
Initiatives are taken to develop technologies for reducing forced outages, installing intelligent online monitoring of critical components, understanding the likely damages due to corrosion and providing appropriate solutions etc. Effort is being made for reducing cost of generation by either increasing the overhaul cycle or reducing overhaul duration through correct and proper health assessment of critical components, developing diagnostic tools and ensures environmental & safety compliances. The prime thrust is towards clean and economic power generation. The Patents have been filed in the areas of climate change, waste management etc.
Research Advisory Council (RAC) comprising of eminent scientists and experts from India and abroad has been constituted to steer NETRA for high end research. In-house Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) has also been constituted to provide directions improving plant performance & reducing cost of generation.
The key expertise lies in providing scientific support to stations for improving their life, performance and developing technologies for clean & economic power generation for the sustainable growth of power sector.
NETRA is a Member of IEA GHG R&D Program France, IERE Japan & CSLF France. NETRA is National Boiler Board Certified RLA Agency.