Ladakh UT & NTPC partners to ply 5 green hydrogen gas buses
The administration of the Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh and NTPC Ltd’s renewable energy arm has signed an agreement to ply five transport buses powered by the green hydrogen gas in the region.
Ladakh UT & NTPC partners for hydrogen buses
The initiative will further extend a similar facility for the armed forces stationed in the UT to avoid the dependency on the fossil fuels transported across the high altitude passes.
Ladakh’s additional hydel, solar and wind power capacity makes it a green hydrogen mobility hub. The project is also meant to safeguard the fragile ecology of Ladakh which has been down in recent times.
This pilot project of the NTPC will only deal with heavy vehicles. But, it could have military applications depending upon the heavy transporters facilitating the movement of troops at the border regions.
An official said that “At present, Ladakh is fully dependent on outside sources for transportation fuel and the cost to bring this to the UT is extremely high,”
“In real terms, the government is spending much more on every litre of fuel than it is being sold for. A locally generated fuel can greatly cut such costs.”
Recently the NTPC has issued a tender an expression of interest (EoI) for hydrogen fuel cell-based pilot projects. NTPC is looking out to further strengthen its footprint in clean and green fuel.
It has also planned for a fuel cell-based backup power system and a microgrid with hydrogen production using an electrolyzer. This pilot project will be located at NTPC premises in Noida, Uttar Pradesh and its guest house will be in Simhadri, near Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
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