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SJVN Inaugurates Nation’s First Multi-purpose Green Hydrogen Pilot Project

SJVN Limited has marked a significant milestone by launching India’s inaugural Multi-purpose Green Hydrogen Pilot Project at the 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station (NJHPS) in Jhakri, Himachal Pradesh. This project will produce green hydrogen for both the High Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF) Coating Facility and electricity generation via a 25 kW fuel cell at NJHPS.

The advanced Green Hydrogen Pilot Project is designed to generate 14 kilograms of green hydrogen daily during an 8-hour operational period. This hydrogen will be stored at 30 bars pressure in six storage tanks with a total capacity of 12 m3. Utilizing a 20 Nm3/hour alkaline electrolyzer, the project will be powered by renewable energy sourced from SJVN’s 1.31 MW Solar Power Plant in Wadhal, Shimla.

The first Multi-purpose (Combined Heat & Power) Green Hydrogen Generation Plant of the nation has been inaugurated by Chairperson and Managing Director, Smt. Geeta Kapur on April 24, 2024. Speaking about the project, the Chairperson said: “Aligned with National Green Hydrogen Mission of Government of India, SJVN’s Green Hydrogen Pilot Project is poised to accelerate the development of green hydrogen production infrastructure in the power sector, thus establishing green hydrogen as a clean energy source.”

In addition to power generation, the green hydrogen will also be utilized for the High Velocity Oxygen Fuel Coating of turbine underwater components.

During her visit, the SJVN Chairperson also inaugurated the groundbreaking Centralized Operation of both the 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station (NJHPS) and the 412 MW Rampur Hydro Power Station (Rampur HPS). Unit-2 of Rampur HPS was remotely operated from the NJHPS Control Room in Jhakri, Himachal Pradesh. Rampur HPS is now successfully operating on a Tandem Operating System with NJHPS.

Smt. Kapur praised the dedicated efforts of the teams at NJHPS, Rampur HPS, and the Electrical Design Team at SJVN Corporate Headquarters for this achievement. She encouraged employees to maintain their diligent work towards the goal of operating the entire Rampur HPS from NJHPS as soon as possible.

Present at the events were Shri Manoj Kumar, Head of Project (NJHPS); Shri Vikas Marwah, Head of Project (Rampur HPS); Shri Harish Kumar Sharma, Head of Department (Electrical Design); and senior officials from NJHPS, Rampur HPS, and Corporate Headquarters.