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NTPC starts India’s first green hydrogen blending operation

NTPC starts India’s first green hydrogen blending operation
On January 3, 2023, the first molecules of green hydrogen from the project was set in motion by Shri P Ram Prasad, head of the project, Kawas in presence of other senior executives of NTPC Kawas and GGL (photo courtesy NTPC).

In India, the country's largest power generator National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC) has commissioned the nation's first green hydrogen blending project. Green hydrogen blending has been started in the piped natural gas (PNG) network of NTPC Kawa's township, Adityanagar, Surat in collaboration with Gujarat Gas Ltd (GGL).

The project, which is a first-of-its-kind in India, is a joint effort of NTPC and GGL.  The companies have “worked relentlessly” towards achieving this milestone in record time after the foundation stone was laid by the Prime Minister of India on July 30, 2022.

The green hydrogen in Kawas is made by electrolysis of water using renewable power from an already installed 1 MW floating solar PV project.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), the national regulatory body has given approval for 5 percent by-volume blending of green hydrogen with PNG to start with and the blending level would be scaled phase-wise to reach 20 percent.

Green hydrogen when blended with natural gas green hydrogen reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions while keeping the net heating content the same.

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