The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has invited bids to set up a 25 kW green hydrogen-based pilot project at Sonam Norboo Memorial (SNM) Hospital in the Leh district of the Union Territory of Ladakh. The selected developer will be required to set up the project at the SNM hospital on a “build-own-operate” basis, for the supply of electricity, heat, and oxygen to the hospital.
The hospital shall sign a 15-year supply agreement (SA) with the successful bidder for the procurement of electricity, heat, and oxygen.
“The scope of work includes design, supply, testing, commissioning of green hydrogen-based complete power-to-power cycle system along with metering arrangement for supply of electricity and heat,” as per the tender document.
The hydrogen production, compression, and storage components of the project shall be installed at the premises of the SECI’s 20 MW(AC) solar project with a 20 MW/40 MWh battery energy storage system in Taru village of Leh. The combined heat and power (CHP) fuel cell or gas engine and associated system shall be installed at the SNM Hospital.
The project is an initiative under the Government of India’s aim to make Ladakh the first carbon-neutral territory of India. Ladakh is endowed with a multitude of renewable energy sources, including solar, wind, hydroelectric and geothermal. Comprising several remote locations and isolated hamlets, it has so far been dependent on diesel to meet its power and heat requirements, especially during winters.
Currently, the SNM hospital receives electricity supply from the Power Development Department of Ladakh and also uses diesel generators (DG) for electricity consumption during a grid outage. The heating requirement is being met by electric boilers and diesel boilers.
The objective of the green hydrogen project is to reduce the hospital’s dependency on diesel.
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