NTPC announces India’s first green hydrogen-based microgrid project in Andhra

State-run power giant NTPC on Wednesday announced that it has awarded a standalone fuel-cell-based green hydrogen microgrid project at Simhadri in Andhra Pradesh. According to an official statement, this will be India’s first green hydrogen-based energy storage project and one of the largest projects in the world.

A Power Ministry said, “NTPC has awarded a project of standalone fuel-cell based micro-grid with hydrogen production using electrolyzer at NTPC Guest House in Simhadri (near Visakhapatnam).

The ministry also said that it would be a precursor to large-scale hydrogen energy storage projects and would be useful for the study and deployment of multiple microgrids in various off-grid and strategic locations of the country.

Hydrogen will be produced using an advanced 240 kW solid oxide electrolyzer taking input power from a nearby floating solar project. Hydrogen produced during sunny hours will be stored under high pressure and electrified using a 50 kW solid oxide fuel cell.

The statement also said that the system will work in standalone mode from 5 pm to 7 am.

“This unique project configuration has been designed in-house by NTPC. It is a unique project for India and will open doors to decarbonize remote areas of the country like Ladakh, J&K, etc. Depends on the generator.”

The project is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of becoming carbon neutral by 2070 and making Ladakh a carbon-neutral region.

The present installed capacity of NTPC is 67,907.5 MW (including 13,425 MW through JV/subsidiaries) which includes 47 NTPC stations and 26 JV stations.

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