Visakhapatnam, March 21 (UNI) India’s first green Hydrogen-based energy storage project to come up at the NTPC Simhadri plant in Vizag region.
The plant will develop a standalone fuel cell based 50 kW microgrid pilot project with green hydrogen production using electrolyser, said NTPC Simhadri’s Chief General Manager Diwakar Kaushik told reporters here on Monday.
National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has awarded the Standalone Fuel-Cell based micro-grid pilot project with hydrogen production using eletrolyser to Bloom Energy India Private Limited-Bengaluru at NTPC Simhadri, he said.
It 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.
The hydrogen would be produced using the advanced 240kW Solid Oxide Electrolyser by taking input power from the nearby floating solar project, said Diwakar.
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 from 5 pm in the evening to 7 am in the morning, he said. Through the project, NTPC is looking to further strengthen its footprint in green and clean fuel, Diwakar said ff 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.
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 the JV, NTPC has nine coal-based, four gas-based, eight hydro and five renewable energy projects, said Diwakar.
Regarding Coal import, he said that NTPC Ltd has sought about 10 lakh tons of overseas coal and NTPC-Simhadri unit will get 2 lakh tons of coal from Indonesia in the coming days. The NTPC Simhadri unit requires 35,000 tonnes of coal per day, he added. UNI KNR SHK2310