NMDC unveils new state-of-the-art R&D facility in Hyderabad

NMDC on Tuesday unveiled its new state-of-the-art R&D Center in Hyderabad to advance innovation in mineral processing and sustainable steel technology
NMDC unveils new state-of-the-art R&D facility in Hyderabad
NMDC unveils new state-of-the-art R&D facility in Hyderabad

New Delhi: NMDC on Tuesday unveiled its new state-of-the-art Research and Development (R&D) Center in Patancheru, Hyderabad to advance innovation in mineral processing and sustainable steel technology on Tuesday. The Navratna PSU has made strategic investments of over Rs 150 crores for research and development in the past five years and Rs 50 crores towards building the new R&D Centre.

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Spanning across eight acres in Patancheru, this leading-edge facility has been inaugurated by NMDC CMD (Additional Charge) Amitava Mukherjee. On the occasion, NMDC Director (Production) Dilip Kumar Mohanty, Director (Technical) Vinay Kumar, CVO B Vishwanath and senior officers from NMDC were also present.

Inaugurating the new R&D facility, Mukherjee said, “Embracing our responsibility to innovate and lead the Indian Mining Industry towards a sustainable future through research and development, we open the doors to NMDC’s new state-of-the-art R&D Center. As we stride forward to innovate and inspire, we are not just investing in research here, we are investing in India’s Future.”

The newly inaugurated NMDC R&D Centre boasts an array of sophisticated instruments, including an automated mineral analyser and automated fusion bead-based X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyser, ensuring precise and efficient characterization of various minerals. The Centre features a dedicated facility for pelletization studies, which will generate crucial data for the installation of commercial pellet plants. This will not only enhance NMDC's in-house requirements and capabilities but will also benefit the sector by providing valuable insights into mineral processing and pellet production.

This facility is a decisive step towards driving the digital transformation of India's largest iron ore producer and will further reinforce its commitment to Responsible Mining by building an ecosystem that is sustainable at its core.

One of the unique aspects of the new R&D Centre is the hydrogen reduction facility, integrated with a microwave-assisted heating furnace. This innovative setup will play a vital role in the development of green steel-making technologies, aligning with global efforts to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable practices in the steel industry.

Equipped with latest technology and infrastructure, the Centre has expertise in Mineralogical Characterization, Elemental Analysis, Bulk Materials Handling and Storage, Mineral Processing, Coal and Coke Characterization.

At the forefront of innovation, the Centre will serve as a hub for collaboration with leading academic institutions and industry experts to become the nerve centre of the industry. The NMDC R&D Centre is poised to support industry players from both corporate and public sectors to make game changing interventions in maximizing mineral recovery and ensuring mineral security for India.

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Contributing to the field of mineral processing since 1970, NMDC R&D has been recognized as a Centre of Excellence by both UNIDO and DSIR for its knowledge and technology transfer to the domestic and global industry. The R&D Centre houses cutting-edge laboratories that foster innovation in sustainable mineral technology and ore beneficiation, manned by a team of experts.

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