NTPC-NETRA and CSIR-Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee have developed high strength fly ash based geopolymer concrete for construction of road as per IRC specifications. A Geopolymer concrete road stretch of 50 m length and 3 m width with 40 MPa concrete strength has been laid successfully at CSIR-CBRI, Roorkee using NTPC Dadri fly ash, first of its kind in India. This Geopolymer road will not require water curing as required by cement concrete road and also paves the way for bulk fly ash utilization.
NTPC is fully aligned to the needs of adapting to emerging technologies and upgrading the technologies through research and development as a leading player in the World Energy Sector. The company is particularly sensitive to Research & Development and the paradigm shift which it can make. NETRA (NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance) set up in 2009 is the outcome of this vision.
Climate change, waste management, carbon capture and Utilization, new & renewable energy, efficiency improvement and cost reduction are core areas of research. NETRA is also providing scientific support to NTPC and external utilities for improving availability, reliability and efficiency.