Amara Raja bags India’s first green hydrogen fueling station project


State-run National Thermal Power Corp. Ltd. (NTPC) has picked Amara Raja Power Systems as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor to set up India’s first green hydrogen fueling station in Leh, Ladakh.

This pilot project will produce a minimum of 80 kilograms per day of 99.97% pure hydrogen, which will be compressed, stored, and dispensed. Green hydrogen will be produced by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, using an electrolysis process powered by electricity generated by renewable energy sources. Group subsidiary NTPC Renewable Energy will set up a dedicated 1.25 MW solar plant to power the hydrogen fueling station.

Upon completion, the project will enable emission-free transport in and around Leh. NTPC initially plans to test five hydrogen fuel cell buses in the region.

Amara Raja is undertaking complete EPC for setting up the standalone green hydrogen fuel station with parking, control room, amenities, fuel storage and dispensing system. Operations and maintenance for three years from the date of commissioning of the project also falls under its scope.

“This pilot project is being set up in Leh’s extreme conditions at a height of 3,600 metres above sea level with a temperature variation of –14 C to +20 C and Amara Raja Power Systems, a part of the $1.3 billion Amara Raja group, was selected to execute this initiative based on their technical expertise,” stated Amara Raja.

The project, which is part of India’s National Hydrogen Energy Mission, will be a precursor to large-scale green hydrogen mobility and storage projects. It will be useful for studying and deploying multiple fueling stations across the length and breadth of the country.

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