Ph.D. (Engineering): University of Aston in Birmingham, United
Dissertation Title: Coal combustion in Fluidized beds
Ph.D. (Engineering): University of Burdwan, India, 1973.
Dissertation Title: Effect of turbulence on Premixed gas combustion
Bachelor of Engineering: University of Calcutta, 1967
Jan, 1983 - Present, Professor, Director of CFB Laboratory
and Coordinator of Coop Program., Dalhousie University, Mechanical
Engineering Department, Halifax, Canada.
Apr, 1996 - Sept, 1996 Visiting Scholar, Electricite de France,
June, 1990 - August, 1990 Distinguished Scientist, CNR, Naples,
Sep, 1990 - Dec, 1990 Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, USA
Jan, 1990 - Jun, 1990 Senior Industrial Fellow, Nova Scotia
Power Corp., Halifax, Canada
Jan 1983 -Dec 1989 Director and Professor of Center for Energy
Studies, Technical University of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada
Jan, 1980 - Mar, 1982 Manager, Development Department, ISGEC
John Thompson, Calcutta, India
Jun, 1967 - Dec 1979 Scientist, Central Mechanical Engineering
Research Institute, Durgapur, India
BCURA Townend Award - from Institute of Energy, UK, 1996 for
best contribution to the field of Coal beneficiation and utilization.
Best Paper Award - Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering
Best Paper Award -American Society of Mechanical Engineers
BCURA Townend Awards - from Institute of Energy, UK, 1987
Basu founded and managed several international professional organizations,
most important of which is the International Secretariat and Conference
Series on Circulating Fluidized Beds. This organization promotes the
development and use of CFB technology through a tri-annual international
conference held in countries including China, Germany, USA, Canada,
France and Japan.
He managed a number of very large international projects involving
teams of academics and engineers from different countries. Goals of
these projects were to spread environment friendly technology and
He administered a research centre in Canada and led a department in
a Government organization and one in a private industry in India.
Recently he successfully managed a large project of building a boiler
in a power plant, which included supervision of a team of professionals,
contractors, vendors and workers. He also manages a successful private
R&D company in Canada.
Biomass utilization, CO2 reduction & Emission trading,
Financial modelling of power generation, Air Pollution Control, Heat
Transfer, Boiler Design, Fluidized Bed Combustion and gasification.
KEY WORDS: Circulating
Fluidized Bed, Combustion, Heat Transfer, Environment, Clean Coal
Technology, Biomass, Climate Change, Co-firing, Gasification.
Dr. Basu has been associated with the development of
fluidized bed boilers in industry, government laboratories and universities
since 1972. His research at TUNS and Dalhousie University on circulating fluidized bed has
allowed him to consult for boiler and energy companies in Europe,
North America and Asia.
Dr. Basu is a specialist in energy and environment.
His specific research interest is in fluidized bed boilers for control
of emission and clean power generation from coal.
MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS to science and industry:
1. He discovered that certain types of old
pulverized coal fired boiler can be modified to operate as environment
friendly circulating fluidized bed boiler. This process has
been accepted by Greenfield
Research Incorporated, a technology company, for commercialization.
2. Extended fins on the crown of boiler wall tubes to
enhance heat absorption in CFB boilers.
3. Designed and developed world's first commercial fluidized
bed boiler co-firing rice husk and coal.
4. First Mechanistic model of heat transfer in circulating
5. First experimental investigation on burning rate and
combustion mechanism in circulating fluidized beds.
6. First experimental data on heat transfer in pressurized
circulating fluidized bed combustor.
7. Developed and built the advanced sub-compact CFB boiler
at Kolaghat Thermal Power station to augment power using waste mill
Background and Experience:
Internationally recognized educator and specialist in Energy and Environment,
with a 30-year long professional career in energy, the environment
and power generation.
Multimedia Development for teaching Graduate
Director of CIDA sponsored project on Human resource development (1993-95).
Basu pioneered the development of a graduate level multimedia based course. This work was reviewed and accepted in American Journal of Chemical
Engineering Education. Presently he is engaged in multimedia development
in two other areas.
Computer Aided Design Tool
A computer aided tool for design of
Circulating Fluidized Bed Boiler was developed with assistance from Electricite
de France. This world's first commercial software for evaluation
of CFB boiler,
CFBCAD, is being produced and marketed by a Canadian company,
Consultant (Alcan International),
Retained as a special consultant to various energy, process and environment
related projects undertaken by Alcan International and its Research
and Development Center at Jonquire, Quebec.
ABB ABL Limited Technical Evaluation
of Retrofit technology. (1996) in India
Worked with the Engineering Division of ABB ABL Limited,
the second largest power company in India and a member of the ABB
group for evaluation of CFB conversion technology in revamping a 120
Mwe pulverized coal fired boiler. The evaluation examined details
of the engineering modification to be made on the existing plant and
associated problems. The study also worked out a price estimate for
the entire conversion project.
West Bengal State Electricity
Board, ( 1995-96) Techno-economic feasibility study
At the request of the Power Ministry of the Government
of West Bengal, India, a techno-economic feasibility study was carried
out to examine the feasibility of revamping a 120 Mwe pulverized coal
plant at their Santaldihi Thermal power Station using the environment
friendly CFB technology.
Consultant for Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA) (1989-95) in Canada and India
managed for 6 years an institutional development
program on Creation of a Center for Combustion Studies at the Indian
Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. This project trained engineers
and educators on clean coal technology and air pollution technologies. Multimedia instructional development laboratory and an advanced energy
research laboratory were developed. The program conducted about 8
seminars and courses and trained 5 teachers in Canada.
Association of Colleges and Universities
of Canada (1990-96) in Canada and China
Developed and managed a 5 year collaborative program
with the Zhejiang University of China on Transfer of Circulating Fluidized
Bed Technology for low grade Chinese coals. This collaborative project
through training workshops raised the awareness of Chinese decision
makers which prompted the Chinese government declare CFB a national
project. This project provided active support to Chinese industry
and university laboratories in developing CFB technology for Chinese
coals. Promotion and support provided by this project helped China
move from none to the biggest CFB boiler user in the world.
International Development Research
Center (1985-90) In India and Canada
Coordinated and led the project on transfer of environment friendly
CFB technology for high ash Indian coal. This 5 years project
helped Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, the largest boiler maker
in India, to train their engineers in Canada and absorb the CFB technology
for use in India. The collaborative effort designed, built and
commissioned the first CFB boiler of South Asia. This example
paved the way for increasing use of large number of environment friendly
CFB boilers in the entire South Asia.
Financial Analysis of Project &
Basu has done extensive work on financial analysis of
power projects and policy implications. This work resulted in
PlantCost, marketed by
Project Evaluation Canada
Was selected to review and evaluate the Government of Canada's expenditure
on coal R&D through their Energy Mines and Resources Department. Developed
a new computer aided tool for evaluation of CFB boilers, CFBCAD®.
Member of Technical Mission to
Accompanied the Premier of Nova Scotia on a Technical
Mission to Massachusetts. He was invited as a technical expert on Acid
Rain to accompany the Premier of Nova Scotia to the New England Governor's
Professional Training Courses
Organized and instructed short courses on Fluidized bed boiler and
Air Pollution Control and Multimedia based Instruction in Calcutta,
Delhi, Florence, Halifax, Hangzhou, Kharagpur, London, Lyon, Naples,
Pune, Florence, Bangkok, Hanoi, Nagpur, Alexandria, San Diego, and
authored by P. Basu
Combustion and Gasification in Fluidized Beds,
Taylor & Francis, USA, 2006
Boilers & Burners- Design and Theory (In Korean), Seoul, 2003
Boilers & Burners- Design and Theory, Springer & Verlag, New
York, USA, 2000
Circulating Fluidized Bed Boilers - Design & Operations, Butterworths,
Stoneham, USA, 1991
Circulating Fluidized Bed Boiler (In Chinese) Science Press,
Beijing, China, 1995
Fluidized Bed Boilers, Pergamon Press, Toronto, Canada, 1985
Circulating Fluidized Bed Technology, I, II & III (edited conference
volume) Pergamon Press, 1986, 1990, 1994
Guest Editor for Special Issue on Combined Cycle, "Heat Recovery and
CHP - International Journal", Pergamon Press, UK, January 1995.
More than 120
papers in journals and conference proceedings.
Dynamics ME 3300
(Core course in Fluid Mechanics)
Steam Plant Engineering ME 4840
Fluidization Phonemenon I ME 6140
(A course on particle behavior and bubbling fluidization)
Fluidization Phenonmenon II ME 6145
(A course on theory and design of circulating fluidized bed boilers