The NTPC-Simhadri plant in the Vizag region will develop a project of standalone fuel cell-based 50 kW microgrid pilot project with green hydrogen production using electrolyser. The project will be India’s first green hydrogen-based energy storage project.
NTPC Simhadri’s Chief General Manager Diwakar Kaushik said that NTPC has awarded the Standalone Fuel-Cell based 50kW micro-grid pilot project with hydrogen production using eletrolyser to Bloom Energy India Private Limited-Bengaluru at NTPC Simhadri.
The hydrogen would be produced using the advanced 240kW 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 50kW solid oxide fuel cell. The system would work in a standalone mode.
Through the project, NTPC is looking to further strengthen its footprint in green and clean fuel. If 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, Diwakar Kaushik added.
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 JV, NTPC has nine coal-based, four gas-based, eight hydro, and five renewable energy projects, Diwakar Kaushik added.
Regarding the import of coal, Diwakar Kaushik said that NTPC Ltd has sought about 10 lakh tons of overseas coal and the NTPC-Simhadri unit will get 2 lakh tons of overseas coal from Indonesia in the coming days. The NTPC Simhadri unit requires 35,000 tonnes of coal per day.