Recently, National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd has awarded the country’s first green hydrogen microgrid project at its Simhadri (near Visakhapatnam) plant in Andhra Pradesh.

Important points:

  • This unique project configuration is designed in-house by NTPC. It would be a precursor to large-scale hydrogen energy storage projects. It is in line with India’s vision to become carbon neutral by 2070.
  • The hydrogen would be produced using the advanced 240 kW Solid Oxide Electrolyser by taking input power from the nearby Floating Solar project.
  • Earlier, NTPC had commissioned the development of India’s biggest floating solar plant in Telangana’s Ramagundam.
  • The hydrogen produced during the day will then be stored at high pressure and would be electrified using a 50 kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell.
  • A solid oxide fuel cell (or SOFC) is an electrochemical conversion device that produces electricity directly from oxidizing a fuel.


  • The project will be useful for further studying and deploying multiple microgrids in various off-grid and strategic locations of the country.
  • Clean energy development is an important weapon against climate change and limiting its devastating effects.


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