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NTPC calls for EoI for hydrogen fuel cell pilot projects

State-run power major National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) has announced that it has issued a global Expression of Interest (EoI) to set up two pilot projects, a standalone fuel-cell-based backup power system, and a standalone fuel-cell based microgrid system with hydrogen production using electrolyser at NTPC premises.

Through the projects, NTPC is looking to further reinforce its footprint in green and clean fuel, the company said in a declaration.

NTPC will collaborate for the implementation and further commercialization of the projects.

"This is in line with NTPC's initiatives towards adopting Hydrogen technologies. It has already started a pilot for making methanol integrating carbon captured from power plant fuel gas and hydrogen from electrolysis," the declaration said

It noted that this is a prospective solution towards "Aatmanirbhar Bharat" in the field of carbon capture and green hydrocarbon synthesis.

Taking the initiative forward, NTPC is exploring the use of Hydrogen-based Fuel Cells-Electrolyser systems for backup power requirements.

Currently, the backup power requirement and microgrid applications are being met from diesel-based power generators.

Looking at these as an early adopter use case of hydrogen-based technologies, NTPC is working towards creating solutions that are a green alternative to diesel generators. 

Author : Moulin Oza
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