NTPC Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Limited, Japan and its subsidiary Mitsubishi Power India Private Limited. The MoU seeks to demonstrate the feasibility for hydrogen co-firing blended with natural gas in MHI 701D gas turbines installed at NTPC Auraiya gas power plant in Uttar Pradesh. The total installed capacity of the Auraiya gas power plant is 663 MW with four gas turbines operating in combined cycle mode.
Under this MoU, both companies will collaborate to carry out the study and identify key actions for introducing hydrogen co-firing at NTPC’s Auraiya gas-based combined cycle power plant. The study will identify key actions for co-firing various percentages of hydrogen. The requirement of hydrogen for the project will be supplied by NTPC.
As a part of this initiative, hydrogen co-firing in gas turbines will play a key role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. NTPC intends to play a major role in energy transition and achieving the COP26 commitments. Under this association, NTPC is exploring various new hydrogen generation technologies along with hydrogen usage to ensure future readiness, develop the required capabilities, and technical expertise, and align with the national decarbonisation and hydrogen mission targets.