New Delhi: NTPC Ltd signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, Japan, and its subsidiary Mitsubishi Power India Private Limited
to demonstrate the feasibility of hydrogen co-firing blended with natural gas in MHI 701D gas turbines installed at NTPC Auraiya Gas Power Plant in Uttar Pradesh. The total installed capacity of the Auraiya Gas Power Plant is 663 MW with four gas turbines operating in combined cycle mode.
Both the companies signed the MoU in the presence of Ujjwal Kanti Bhattacharya, Director (Projects), NTPC Ltd, Tatsuto Nagayasu, CMD, Mitsubishi Power India
and Hiroyuki Shinohara, Vice President, Mitsubishi Power India.
NTPC Ltd, being the largest power generator in India, intends to play a major role in energy transition and achieving the COP-26 commitments. As part of this initiative,
NTPC is exploring various new hydrogen generation technologies along with hydrogen usage to ensure future readiness, develop the required capabilities, and technical expertise,
and align with the national decarbonising and hydrogen mission targets. This project emphasises that the use of hydrogen co-firing in gas turbines can play a key role in
reducing CO2 emissions.
Under this MoU, both the companies will collaborate to carry out the study and identify key actions for introducing hydrogen co-firing at NTPC Auraiya Gas-based combined
cycle power plant. The study will identify key actions for co-firing for various percentages of hydrogen including, 5 percent, 15 percent, 30 percent, 50 percent and 100 percent and the hydrogen required for the project will be supplied by NTPC.
NTPC is committed to playing a key role in India's energy transition journey as the country marches ahead to achieve the net-zero target and climate goals. The PSU is planning to introduce various hydrogen-related initiatives and is carrying out R&D works in this field to ensure that everyone has access to green, affordable, reliable and sustainable power.
"This MoU is one of the few steps taken by NTPC to meet these targets. We believe that partnering with MHI Limited which has global expertise in this technology will
help us meet our objectives under the National Hydrogen Mission," said Manish Kumar Srivastava, Executive Director, NTPC Ltd.
"The momentous event of the signing of the MOU signifies the focus of NTPC and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries towards achieving the goal of decarbonisation of
the power generation sector and their commitment to addressing the pressing issue of climate change," said Tatsuto Nagayasu, CMD, Mitsubishi Power India.
(With PTI inputs)
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