IIT Bombay takes a step towards carbon capture, launches a national centre

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Mumbai, Maharashtra

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, with collaboration and funding from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology has established the National Centre of Excellence in Carbon Capture and Utilization. According to the official statement from IIT Bombay, this is the country’s first such centre that is funded by the Government of India. It was formally sanctioned in December 2021.

Director IIT Bombay Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri said that the decarbonization of ‘hard-to-abate’ industries would require outstanding efforts to achieve the net-zero goals. “IIT Bombay has undertaken leadership to address science and engineering grand challenges and develop their end-to-end solutions. The National Centre shall explore and unlock the potential of CCU technologies to lead India in this potential sunshine industrial sector to evolve as a circular carbon economy.

He added, “Last year, the IIT Bombay team brought laurels to the country by winning the prestigious X-PRIZE Award, supported by the Elon Musk Foundation for ‘demonstration of carbon dioxide removal’, announced at the Sustainable Innovation Forum at COP-26,”.

The new centre’s main goal will be to understand the role of CO2 in the global environment and mitigation strategies of the CO2 emitted from the industrial and energy sector ranging from advances in capture technologies to subsequent utilization of captured CO2. The essential part of the centre will be priority case studies, experimental investigation, and simulation in different aspects of CCU, as well as decision-making tools for process optimization and policy development


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