India’s Leap into a Sustainable Future: The Inauguration of the First Multi-Purpose Green Hydrogen Pilot Project

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14/5/2024: India launched its first multi-purpose green hydrogen pilot project, signaling a major step towards a sustainable future and the country’s admission into the green energy era. This innovative project is a significant step forward for India’s renewable energy sector and was introduced at the Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station (NJHPS) in Himachal Pradesh.

Smt inaugurated the project. Geeta Kapur, Chairperson and Managing Director of SJVN Limited, on April 24, 2024. The event signifies a milestone for SJVN and aligns with the National Green Hydrogen Mission of the Government of India, aiming to establish green hydrogen as a viable and clean energy source.

The state-of-the-art facility is poised to produce 14 kilograms of green hydrogen daily during its 8-hour operational window. This hydrogen will be generated using an alkaline electrolyzer of 20 Nm3/hour capacity, powered by renewable energy supplied from SJVN’s 1.31 MW Solar Power Plant in Wadhal, Shimla. The produced hydrogen will be stored at a pressure of 30 bars in six storage tanks, boasting a total capacity of 12 m3.

The multi-purpose nature of the project is underscored by its dual utility: the green hydrogen produced will serve the High-Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF) Coating Facility of NJHPS, meeting its combustion fuel requirements, and will also generate electricity through a 25 kW capacity fuel cell.

This pilot project is a testament to India’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. It showcases the potential of green hydrogen in revolutionizing the power sector by providing a clean alternative to fossil fuels. The project also demonstrates the feasibility of integrating green hydrogen production with existing hydroelectric power infrastructure, setting a precedent for future developments in the field.

The inauguration ceremony was more than just the launch of a project; it was a celebration of the collaborative efforts of the teams at NJHPS, Rampur Hydro Power Station (RHPS), and the Electrical Design Team at SJVN Corporate Headquarters. Their dedication has been instrumental in achieving this feat, which also included the centralized operation of the 1,500 MW NJHPS and 412 MW RHPS, remotely operating Unit-2 of RHPS from the NJHPS Control Room.

The implications of this project extend beyond the realms of energy production. It is a step towards reducing carbon emissions, promoting energy security, and fostering economic growth through the development of green technologies. The project aligns with global efforts to combat climate change and supports India’s pledges under international agreements such as the Paris Agreement.

As the world moves towards a greener future, India’s first multi-purpose green hydrogen pilot project stands as a beacon of progress and innovation. It is a clear indication of the country’s resolve to pursue energy solutions that are not only sustainable but also economically viable. This project is expected to pave the way for more such initiatives, propelling India towards achieving its green energy goals and contributing to a cleaner, more sustainable planet for future generations.

The success of this project could potentially unlock new avenues for green hydrogen use in various sectors, including transportation, industry, and beyond. It could also inspire similar projects across the nation and globally, as the world seeks to transition to cleaner energy sources.

A historic event that could completely change India’s energy environment is the launch of the nation’s first multi-purpose green hydrogen pilot plant. This shows that India can lead the world in the green energy revolution and is a brave move in the right direction towards adopting renewable energy. Watching this momentous occasion unfold, we anticipate the good things it will do for the economy, the environment, and society.

By Sujata Muguda, Shreyas WebMedia Solutions

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