The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-North East Institute of Science And Technology (CSIR-NEIST) in Jorhat district has installed a ‘non-recovery type low-sulphur emitting sole flue-heating coke oven in its premises to keep watch on pollution levels.

The uniqueness of this remodeled coke oven is that it keeps a check on environmental pollution, maintaining it within the permissible limit prescribed by Central Pollution Control Board.

It is an initiative of CSIR-NEIST’s materials sciences and technology division.

The coke oven comprises of three chambers and can be operated for the production of coke and wood charcoal.

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“The coke oven has a sole heating system with a provision of secondary air circulation for proper carbonization of the feed materials,” said an official of the research institute.

Director of the research institute G Narahari Sastry, emphasized the scientific exploration for better quality coke production and also for the production of advanced materials like activated carbon, nano-materials from charcoal in bulk quantity.

Sastry had commissioned the oven in the presence of innovators and CSIR NEIST scientists, Binoy K Saikia, Prasenjit Saikia, JJ Bora and Sanjay Deori, and other staff members and research fellows of the institute.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com