NTPC on Wednesday announced that a standalone fuel-cell-based green hydrogen microgrid project in Simhadri, Andhra Pradesh, had been awarded. This will be India's first and one of the world's largest green hydrogen-based energy storage projects.
It will be a prelude to large-scale hydrogen energy storage projects, according to the ministry, and will be beneficial for evaluating and establishing several microgrids in off-grid and important places across the country. The hydrogen would be created utilising a state-of-the-art 240 kW Solid Oxide Electrolyser that would be powered by a nearby Floating Solar installation.
The hydrogen generated during daylight hours would be held at high pressure and powered by a 50 kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell. It was said that the system would operate in a stand-alone mode from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.
NTPC created this one-of-a-kind project arrangement in-house. It is a one-of-a-kind project for India, and it will pave the way for decarbonization in remote parts of the country such as Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, and other areas that have hitherto relied on diesel generators, according to the statement. It added that the project is in accordance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of becoming carbon neutral by 2070 and making Ladakh a carbon neutral territory.