NTPC REL-Indian Army sign MoU for green hydrogen projects
New Delhi: NTPC Renewable Energy Limited today signed an MoU with Indian Army for setting up green hydrogen projects in its establishments on the build, own and operate (BOO) model.
This agreement is a first of its kind and ushers in a new era of border security backed with energy security for the lines of defence of the country. The intent is to reduce complex logistics, and dependence on fossil fuels and to accelerate decarbonization. The MoU was signed by Mohit Bhargava, Chief Executive Officer, NTPC REL, and Lieutenant General Rajinder Dewan.
Under the ambit of the MoU, joint identification of potential sites would be undertaken for setting up green hydrogen projects for supplying electricity, in a phased manner. NTPC REL, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC Limited, will also design, develop, and install renewable energy projects (solar, wind etc.) for the Indian Army.
The Union Ministry of Power stated that the MoU signals an advanced approach to modernization by Indian Army and NTPC’s commitment to assist the nation in its decarbonization goals.
Various locations of the Indian Army are powered through Diesel Generator (DG) sets in off-grid locations. The Ministry stated that the Indian Army intends to reduce the dependence on fossil fuel and their logistics for power generation and heat.
NTPC REL currently has a portfolio of 3.6-gigawatt renewable energy capacity under construction. NTPC Group has ambitious plans of 60 GW of RE capacity by the year 2032 and currently, it has 3.2 GW of installed RE capacity.
NTPC has taken several initiatives in Hydrogen technologies and already commissioned a Hydrogen blending with Piped Natural Gas project in Gujarat and is currently executing hydrogen-based mobility projects in Ladakh and Delhi and a green methanol project in Madhya Pradesh.
– global bihari bureau