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.