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Being a major contributor to the energy requirement of the Nation, NCL has recognized the potential of coal production through socially sustainable inclusive development. To meet the increasing demand of coal, NCL is fully aligned to the needs of adapting to advanced mining technologies and continuously upgrading itself through research and development. In view of the importance of R&D centre and the paradigm shift it can make, NCL has established a R&D centre i.e. Science and Applied Research Alliance & Support (SARAS) in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi. SARAS, setup in 2018, is the outcome of vision and mission of NCL. Presently SARAS is working in coordination with different scientific agencies/institutes etc. for effective implementation of the NCL specific R&D Projects approved by CIL. SARAS is also extending its support in conducting subsidiary level scientific studies for improving operation efficiency in the mining system with due care of environment.

The core research areas of SARAS lies in advancement of mining technologies, clean coal technologies, climate change, waste management, carbon capture utilization, new & renewable energy, efficiency improvement and cost reduction besides providing scientific support to NCL units for improving availability, reliability and efficiency.

SARAS emphasis is on enhancing the overall productivity of mines by enhancing the performances of HEMMs, CHPs as well as developing greener technologies which in turn will translate into cost reductions as well as cleaner tomorrow. SARAS is also keen in collaborating with Institutes/organizations for research related to development of cost economic technologies in its core mining field as well as in the field of climate change, new & renewable energy, efficiency & reliability enhancement of its overall units.

Initiatives such as development of Solar Wind Hybrid System for electricity generation, development of composite membrane reactor for hydrogen production has been taken up by SARAS which is a prime thrust towards clean and economic power generation. Efforts are being made for reducing cost of production through proper and correct health assessments of critical components of production units, developing diagnostic tools and ensuring environmental and safety compliances.