India’s First and One of World’s Largest Green Hydrogen Microgrid Projects to be Set Up at NTPC Simhadri

State-run NTPC has awarded a project of Standalone Fuel-Cell based Micro-grid with hydrogen production using electrolyser in NTPC Guest House at Simhadri near Visakhapatnam.

December 15, 2021. By Manu Tayal

State-run NTPC has awarded a project of Standalone Fuel-Cell based Micro-grid with hydrogen production using electrolyser in NTPC Guest House at Simhadri near Visakhapatnam.

As per the Ministry of Power, it is the country’s first Green Hydrogen based Energy Storage Project, and would be a precursor to large-scale hydrogen energy storage projects and would be useful for studying and deploying multiple microgrids in various off-grid and strategic locations of the country.

Moreover, 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 would be electrified using a 50 kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell. The system would work in standalone mode from 5 PM in the evening to 7 AM in the morning.

Additionally, this unique project configuration has been designed in-house by NTPC and is a unique project for India.

It would also open doors for decarbonising the far-off regions of the country like Ladakh, J&K 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.

NTPC’s current installed capacity stood at 67,907.5 MW (including 13,425 MW through JVs/Subsidiaries) comprising of 47 NTPC stations (23 coal-based stations, 7 gas-based stations, 1 hydro station, 1 small hydro, 14 solar PV, and 1 wind-based station) and 26 joint venture stations (9 coal-based, 4 gas-based, 8 hydro, 1 small hydro 2 wind and 2 solar PV).
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