India's first green hydrogen-based energy storage project to come up in Vizag

The hydrogen produced during sunshine hours would be stored at high pressure and would be electrified using a 50kW solid oxide fuel cell

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  22 March 2022 2:59 AM GMT
Indias first green hydrogen-based energy storage project to come up in Vizag

Visakhapatnam: NTPC Simhadri plant will develop a standalone fuel cell-based 50 kW microgrid pilot project with green hydrogen production using electrolyzer in Vizag. The project will be India's first green hydrogen-based energy storage project.

NTPC Simhadri Chief General Manager Diwakar Kaushik said they have awarded the Standalone Fuel-Cell based 50kW micro-grid pilot project with hydrogen production using electrolyzer to Bloom Energy India Private Limited-Bengaluru.

The hydrogen would be produced using the advanced 240kW solid oxide electrolyzer 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 50kW solid oxide fuel cell. The system would work in a standalone mode.

Through the project, NTPC is looking to further strengthen its footprint in green and clean fuel. "If the project proves successful, it will be most useful in the difficult terrains such as Ladakh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and a few others, where there were no power grids," Diwakar Kaushik said.

The total installed capacity of NTPC is 68,567 megawatt (MW), having 23-coal based, seven gas-based, one hydro, 19 renewable energy projects. Under JV, NTPC has nine coal-based, four gas-based, eight hydro, and five renewable energy projects, Diwakar Kaushik added.

Diwakar Kaushik said that NTPC has sought about 10 lakh tons of overseas coal and the Simhadri unit will get 2 lakh tons of overseas coal from Indonesia in the coming days. The NTPC Simhadri unit requires 35,000 tonnes of coal per day.

NTPCSimhadri plant was going for 100 percent utilization of ash. The plant was aiming for 100 percent FGD (Flue-gas desulfurization) in all units for SO2 (sulfur dioxide) reduction before and Combustion Modification for Nox (nitrogen oxide) reduction.

Diwakar Kaushik said the first-of-its-kind project Rail Neer bottling Plant project is a joint venture between IRCTC and NTPC Simhadri. It is aimed at producing 120 tons of de-mineralized water from seawater per day is will be commissioned in a couple of months, he added.

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