NTPC has awarded a project of standalone fuel-cell based micro-grid with hydrogen production using electrolyser at NTPC Simhadri in Andhra Pradesh.
This will be India’s first green hydrogen-based energy storage project. It would be a precursor to large scale hydrogen energy storage projects and be useful for studying and deploying multiple microgrids in various off-grid and strategic locations of the country.
The hydrogen would be produced using the advanced 240 kW solid oxide electrolyser by taking input power from the nearby floating solar project.
The hydrogen produced during sunshine hours would be stored at high pressure and electrified using 50 kW solid oxide fuel cell. The system will work in a standalone mode from 5 pm to 7 am. This unique project configuration is designed in-house by NTPC.
This unique project for India will open doors for decarbonising the far-off regions of the country like Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, etc hitherto dependent on diesel generators.
The project is in line with the vision of the Prime Minister for becoming carbon neutral by 2070 and making Ladakh a carbon-neutral territory.