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NTPC awards India’s first green H2 based microgrid project in Simhadri

Ministry of Power has announced that NTPC has awarded a project of "Standalone Fuel-Cell based Micro-grid with hydrogen production using electrolyser in NTPC Guest House at Simhadri (near Visakhapatnam)".

It is India's first green hydrogen-based energy storage project. It would be a precursor to large-scale hydrogen energy storage projects and would be useful for studying and installing multiple microgrids in various off-grid and strategic locations of the country.

The hydrogen would be produced using the advanced 240 kW solid oxide electrolyser by taking input power from the nearby floating solar project. The hydrogen produced during sunshine hours would be stored at high pressure and would be electrified using a 50-kW solid oxide fuel cell. The system would work in standalone mode from 5 PM to 7 AM.

This unique project configuration is designed in-house by NTPC. It is a unique project for India and would open doors for decarbonizing the far-off regions of the country like Ladakh, J&K, etc., so far dependent on diesel generators. The project is in-line with the vision of the Hon'ble Prime Minister for becoming carbon neutral by 2070 and making Ladakh a carbon-neutral territory.

Author : Moulin Oza
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