- Recently, National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) Renewable Energy Ltd (REL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Union Territory of Ladakh to set up the country’s first Green Hydrogen Mobility project.
- NTPC REL will also set up a solar park at Rann of Kutch in Gujarat from where it will also generate green hydrogen on a commercial scale under the Ultra-Mega Renewable Energy Power Parks (UMREPP) scheme.
- Hydrogen produced from renewable sources is called green hydrogen.
Ultra-Mega Renewable Energy Power Parks (UMREPP) scheme
- It is a scheme to develop Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Power Parks (UMREPPs) under the existing Solar Park Scheme.
- The scheme was rolled out by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) in 2014.
- Solar Park Scheme is also a scheme of MNRE to set up a number of solar parks across various states in the country. It proposes to provide financial support by the Government of India to establish solar parks.
- The objective of the UMREPP is to provide land upfront to the project developer and facilitate transmission infrastructure for developing Renewable Energy (RE) based Power Parks with solar/wind/hybrid and also with storage systems.
- NTPC REL has planned to ply 5 hydrogen buses, to start with, in the region and the company will be setting up a solar plant and a green hydrogen generation unit in Leh towards this end.
- This will put Leh as the first city in the country to implement a green hydrogen based mobility project. This would be zero emission mobility in true sense.
- This is also in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of a ‘carbon neutral’ Ladakh.
- It will help Ladakh develop a carbon free economy based on renewable sources and green hydrogen.
India’s Largest Solar Park:
- NTPC REL will set up a 4.75 gigawatt (GW) renewable energy park at Rann of Kutch in Khavada, Gujarat. This will be India’s largest solar park to be built by the largest power producer of the country.
- Kutch region in Gujarat, the largest salt desert in the country and host to two of India’s largest coal-fired power plants, will now add another feather to its cap.
National Thermal Power Corporation Limited
- NTPC Ltd. is a central Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) under the Ministry of Power.
- NTPC REL is a 100% subsidiary of NTPC.
- It is India’s largest energy conglomerate with roots planted way back in 1975 to accelerate power development in India.
- It aims to provide reliable power and related solutions in an economical, efficient and environment-friendly manner, driven by innovation and agility.
- NTPC has also been promoting usage of green hydrogen based solutions in sectors like mobility, energy, chemical, fertilizer, steel etc.
- It became a Maharatna company in May 2010.
- It is located in New Delhi.
SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES,MINT