NTPC to set up green hydrogen generation pilot project in Ladakh

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Leh, July 13 (PTI) Power major NTPC will set up a green hydrogen generation pilot project in Ladakh, helping the union territory achieve the vision of becoming the first green hydrogen fuel-based region in India.

Lieutenant Governor R K Mathur, who presided over an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) signing ceremony for establishing a 1.25 MW green hydrogen generation pilot project by NTPC, lauded the PSU for initiating the project in Ladakh.

He stated that NTPC's execution capabilities are exceptional and that their entry into UT is a welcome feature for achieving Ladakh's vision of becoming the first green hydrogen fuel-based state in India.

“I visualise a future where palletised hydrogen can be used in households for health, power supply and for transportation, etc,” he said, adding that it can be made possible with research, assisted by available technologies.

As envisioned by the Prime Minister to develop Ladakh as a carbon-neutral state, the Union Territory ever since its inception has been undertaking initiatives across the region to achieve this target by tie-ups with various energy companies, officials said.

This is the third such MoU signed by the UT administration with energy companies, they added.

The Lieutenant Governor said that the mantra of carbon neutrality is not a passive statement but an active one that requires continuous efforts.

Mathur assured the Ladakh administration's full cooperation in expediting their project and urged the company for early completion of the project and help Ladakh realise the PM's vision.

CEC LAHDC Leh Tashi Gyalson termed the event a historic and revolutionary step towards making Ladakh a Carbon Neutral UT.

He emphasised that Ladakh has huge resources available for generating renewable energies. He added that such steps will pave the way for a sustainable solution to the major issues and locals can avail a number of benefits from the project in the future.

Secretary Ladakh Ravinder Kumar stated that converting hydrogen into green energy would be a great step towards clean energy and would start a new chapter in carbon neutrality in the Ladakh region.

Speaking about the future projects, he informed that UT Administration is working on different projects like geothermal, solar, wind, and micro-hydro sectors. He added that by combining all these sectors, it would be possible to make Ladakh a carbon-neutral region.

Chief Executive Officer NTPC – REL Mohit Bhargava addressing the event expressed his gratitude to the UT administration for supporting the project and shared their commitment to the vision of carbon-neutral Ladakh. He also added that the project will be initiated at the earliest and that he looks forward to further collaborations.

Earlier, the Lieutenant Governor inaugurated two solar trees installed at UT Civil Secretariat by NTPC REL. The solar trees, 3.3 kWp each, are expected to generate approximately 10,000 – 12,000 units of green electricity in a year. PTI AB SHW MR SHW

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