Green Hydrogen Microgrid Projects In Andhra
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Andhra Pradesh has been granted India’s first green hydrogen microgrid project by state-owned NTPC Ltd.
The project was awarded at NTPC Ltd.’s Simhadri plant in Andhra Pradesh.
At NTPC Simhadri, NTPC will work on a project called “Standalone Fuel-cell based Microgrid with hydrogen production using electrolyzer.”
In addition, as part of its energy security strategy, India plans to invite bids for the construction of 4 gigawatts (GW) of electrolyzer capacity.
This project will serve as a testbed for large-scale hydrogen energy storage systems. Multiple microgrids will also be studied and deployed in numerous off-grid and key places in India.
Simhadri Super Thermal Power Plant, located in Simhadri, India, is a coal-fired power plant in the Andhra Pradesh city of Visakhapatnam.
It’s one of NTPC’s coal-fired power plants. The coal for this power station comes from the Talcher Coal resources in Odisha’s Kalinga Block.
It is a national asset that generates power that is shared among several states.
Green Hydrogen Mobility
NTPC Renewable Energy Limited (NTPC REL) has also struck an agreement with the Union Territory of Ladakh for a green hydrogen transportation project.
NTPC will carry out this project in collaboration with the NVVN.
Green hydrogen is made by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen in an electrolyzer fueled by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
Green hydrogen as a fuel has the potential to revolutionize India’s energy security. Currently, India imports 85 percent of its oil and 53 percent of its gas.
Capacity of NTPC
NTPC has a total installed capacity of roughly 67.907 GW across 70 power projects. There are now 18 GW of projects in construction.
NTPC has set a goal of generating 60 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2032, up from
the present 4.7 GW.