India’s NTPC and Siemens study viability of co-firing hydrogen fuel with natural gas

The largest power-generating company in India, state-run NTPC, and Siemens have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to investigate the viability of co-firing hydrogen fuel with natural gas at NTPC’s 43 MW power plant in Faridabad, Haryana.

This is the second MoU that NTPC has signed in less than a week to test such a procedure and technology with the intention of decarbonizing India’s electricity generation. A similar memorandum of understanding (MoU) was previously signed by NTPC and GE Gas Power to examine the viability of co-firing hydrogen with natural gas in GE’s 9E gas turbines installed at NTPC’s Kawas combined-cycle gas power plant in Gujarat.

If scaled up further, experts said these pilot projects might serve as a “useful transitory phase” as the nation steadily moves toward the national green hydrogen objective. Through electrolysis, green hydrogen is created utilizing renewable energy. On February 17, the Ministry of Power released the first section of the National Hydrogen Mission’s green hydrogen and green ammonia policy.

The decision is significant since India’s amended Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) under the Paris Agreement were approved by the Union Cabinet. The nation has pledged to reach cumulative installed capacity for non-fossil fuel-based energy resources of around 50% by 2030 and to reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 45 percent from 2005 levels. India last reported its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the UNFCCC in 2015.