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Indian Army takes lead in promoting the national green hydrogen mission

The Indian Army has started the process for installing a green hydrogen-based microgrid power plant project in the forward regions along the Northern borders that are not linked by the National/State Grid in accordance with the ‘National Green Hydrogen Mission’. Accordingly, on March 21, 2023, at Sena Bhawan in New Delhi, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was inked between the Indian Army and National Thermal Power Corporation Renewable Energy Limited (NTPC REL).

In exchange for a 25-year lease on the necessary property, the Indian Army has agreed to buy the generated electricity through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The Build, Own, and Operate (BOO) Models for the planned projects will be installed by NTPC at a jointly chosen location in Eastern Ladakh.

In order to create hydrogen during non-solar hours for use in fuel cells, the project involves setting up a solar power plant for the hydrolysis of water. This will pave the way for similar initiatives in the future and help reduce reliance on fossil fuel-based generator sets, thereby lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

The Indian Army has formally committed to launching initiatives along these lines in the future, making it the first government institution to sign an agreement with National Thermal Power Corporation Renewable Energy Limited.

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