The First Multi-Purpose Green Hydrogen Pilot Project of the Nation

Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) Limited has reached a notable milestone by inaugurating India’s first multi-purpose (combined heat & power) green hydrogen pilot project at SJVN’s 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station (NJHPS) in Jhakri, Himachal Pradesh.

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Inauguration Ceremony-

The inauguration of the project was conducted by Chairperson and Managing Director, Smt. Geeta Kapur on April 24, 2024. Speaking about the initiative, the Chairperson remarked, “Aligned with the National Green Hydrogen Mission of the Government of India, SJVN’s Green Hydrogen Pilot Project is poised to accelerate the development of green hydrogen production infrastructure in the power sector, thus establishing green hydrogen as a clean energy source.”

Objectives of the Project-

The green hydrogen generated from the project will be used to fulfil the combustion fuel needs of NJHPS’s High-Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF) Coating Facility. Additionally, it will produce electricity through a 25 kW capacity fuel cell.

More About the Project-

  • Throughout its eight-hour operation period, the pilot aims to produce 14 kg of green hydrogen every day.
  • The hydrogen generated will be stored at a pressure of 30 bars in six storage tanks, collectively providing a storage capacity of 12 cubic meters.
  • The project will use an alkaline electrolyser of 20 Nm3/hour capacity in hydrogen production.
  • It would utilise renewable energy from SJVN’s 1.31 MW solar power plant located in Wadhal, Shimla.

Smt. Kapur praised the NJHPS, Rampur HPS, and Electrical Design Team at SJVN Corporate Headquarters for their dedicated efforts. She encouraged employees to continue working diligently towards the goal of operating the entire Rampur HPS from NJHPS at the earliest.

Also present at the event were Shri Manoj Kumar, Head of Project (NJHPS); Shri Vikas Marwah, Head of Project (Rampur HPS); Shri Harish Kumar Sharma, Head of Department (Electrical Design); and senior officials from NJHPS, Rampur HPS, and Corporate Headquarters.

Conclusion-

These initiatives will aid India’s goal of achieving self-reliance through clean energy and inspire the global transition to cleaner energy sources. They are expected to play a crucial role in reducing carbon emissions, decreasing reliance on fossil fuel imports, and positioning India as a leader in both technology and market trends related to Green Hydrogen.