Ohio State Professor Awarded Grant for Coal Fly Ash Waste Management Research in India

A large number of technologies have been developed for gainful utilization and safe management of fly ash. In India, few efforts have been made to use thermal power coal ash as backfill material in underground or open cast mines and to predict its subsequent effect on ground water quality. The study intends to analyze the interactions of coal ash and mine water to provide a representative scientific data regime which would serve as a basic document for the formulation of guidelines for use of ash in mine back filling or reclamation purpose. The proposed research, if demonstrates efficient, will be able to give solutions to various environmental problems impacting millions of Indians and other parts of the world.

India Gateway's role in monitoring the project is crucial as they will continuously evaluate and validate the process and outcome of the project in the coming year. Priya Kurle, assistant director of the Ohio State India Gateway, is monitoring and evaluating the project along with three projects that received similar awards in the area of waste management.