As per reports, Indian Army intends to build green hydrogen-powered power plants near the Indo-China border. The Army said that it has begun the process of installing the microgrid power plant project in the areas along northern frontiers which are not connected by state or national power grids.
India authorized the National Green Hydrogen Mission on January 4 with a Rs. 19,744 crore budget to build a green hydrogen production capability of five million tonnes per year by 2030. On Tuesday, the Army inked a deal for the project with the National Thermal Power Company Renewable Energy Limited (NTPC REL).
Additional Directorate General of Public Information – Indian Army tweeted, â€œ#IndianArmy & NTPC Renewable Energy Ltd #NTPCREL signed an #MoU to install Green Hydrogen based power plants in Army establishments. The power plants will provide #GreenEnergy to #IndianArmy troops & will assist in de-carbonisation in High Himalayas.â€
NTPC will install the planned projects on Build, Own, and Operate (BOO) models at a jointly determined area in Eastern Ladakh. The project comprises constructing a solar power plant to hydrolyze water to create hydrogen, which will be used to power fuel cells during non-solar hours.
The Indian Army has become the first government organization to sign into an agreement with National Thermal Power Corporation Renewable Energy Limited, with clear intentions to carry out similar initiatives in the future, thanks to this MoU.
One may also argue that the endeavor would pave the way for future initiatives that will reduce reliance on fossil fuel-based generator sets while simultaneously lowering greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions.
As Indian Army intends to build green hydrogen-powered power plants near the Indo-China border, the construction of these power plants will be critical in facilitating the transition to a more sustainable, low-carbon energy system. And also for realizing the promise of hydrogen as a versatile and clean energy source in the country’s forward zones.