Himachal Pradesh's NHPC will create a green hydrogen project.

On Friday, the state-owned National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the district administration of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, for the development of green hydrogen technologies for hydrogen production. The MoU was signed in the presence of state Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Secretary, Himachal Pradesh Ram Subhag Singh, and other senior officials from the state government and the corporation by NHPC Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) A K Singh and Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate of Chamba, D.C Rana.

The Memorandum of Understanding is for the development of green hydrogen technology... According to the agreement, NHPC will construct a pilot green hydrogen mobility project that will include hydrogen manufacturing. NHPC will commercialise hydrogen production to meet the demands of sectors such as mobility, transportation, heating, and microgrids, The NHPC issued a statement.

This project will be carried out by National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) and The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), an NHPC wholly-owned subsidiary. The project will also include NHPC's research and development department and the Chamera-II Power Station.

A 300 kilowatt solar plant will be built as part of the project, and its energy will be used to electrolyze water to produce green hydrogen. Further hydrogen would be kept in pressurized cylinders that will be utilized to power automobiles, A.K Pathak, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NREL, spoke to Press Trust Of India (PTI) over the phone.

Pathak, who was also present at the signing of the MoU, said that it is a pilot project of the Himachal Pradesh government, and that if the initiative is successful, a separate MoU with the state government for the entire state would be inked.

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