US undecided on clean coal technology transfer to India

April 4th, 2008 - 10:54 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) The US has not yet made up its mind on sharing clean coal technology with India, a visiting official of the US Department of Energy said here Friday. “There is no change from our earlier stand,” said Clarence Albright, under secretary of the US Department of Energy, when asked about the transfer of clean coal technology under the FutureGen project.

FutureGen is a public-private partnership project of the US government to build a zero-emission power plant based on coal, with the help of carbon capture and storage.

Albright, however, did not rule out the possibility of technology transfer in future.

“We are still working on it to figure out how we are going to do that technology transfer,” he said.

Albright Friday co-chaired a meeting of the steering group of the US-India Energy Dialogue with India’s Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon.

The two officials discussed opportunities for increased collaboration in alternative fuels, especially in the development of methane hydrates.

Asked if the India-US nuclear deal came up during talks, he said: “We talked about all sorts of energy matters, not directly nuclear. Mostly, the discussions were fairly general.”

Albright said that with rising oil prices, the US was working on “renaissance” in nuclear power as a cost-effective, clean source of energy.

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