Standalone Fuel-Cell based Micro-grid

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    • Recently, NTPC awarded a project of “Standalone Fuel-Cell based Micro-grid with hydrogen production using electrolyser in NTPC Guest House at Simhadri (near Visakhapatnam)”. 

    About Project

    • It is India’s first Green Hydrogen based Energy Storage Project. 
    • It would be a precursor to large scale hydrogen energy storage projects and in various off-grid and strategic locations of the country. 
      • It would be useful for studying and deploying multiple microgrids
    • It is a unique project for India and would 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 Hon’ble Prime Minister for becoming carbon neutral by 2070 and making Ladakh a carbon-neutral territory.
    • Features: 
      • 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.

    Green Hydrogen 

    • It is produced by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen using an electrolyzer powered by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. 
    • The fuel can be a game-changer for the energy security of India, which imports 85% of its oil and 53% of gas requirements. 

    Source: PIB