State-run power giant NTPC on Tuesday said its arm, NTPC REL, would build the country's first green Hydrogen Mobility project in Ladakh.
"NTPC REL, a 100 per cent subsidiary of NTPC, signed a MoU with the Union Territory of Ladakh, to set up the country's first green Hydrogen Mobility project in the region," a firm statement said.
As per the statement, the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also marked with the inauguration of NTPC’s first solar installations in Leh in the form of solar trees and a solar carport.
The MoU would enable NTPC to support Ladakh develop a carbon-free economy based on renewable sources and green hydrogen.
This is also in order with the Prime Minister's vision of a carbon neutral Ladakh, it added.
The MoU was inked in the presence of Lt Governor R K Mathur, senior dignitaries of the government, NTPC and public representatives.
The LG mentioned that he would like Ladakh to become a hydrogen state and is happy to associate with NTPC to achieve this long-term goal.
NTPC has plans to ply five hydrogen buses, to begin with, in the region and the company would be establishing a solar plant and a green hydrogen generation unit in Leh towards this end.
This would put Leh as the first city in the country to implement a green hydrogen-based mobility project. This would be zero emission mobility in accurate sense.
NTPC has been aggressively pushing for greening its portfolio and the green hydrogen project is another stage towards achieving a low carbon footprint. NTPC has also been promoting usage of green hydrogen-based solutions in segments like mobility, energy, chemical,
fertilizer, steel etc.
NTPC has lately revised its target of achieving 60 GW renewables capacity by 2032, almost doubling the earlier target. Freshly, NTPC has commissioned India's largest floating solar project of 10 MW at Visakhapatnam.