NTPC Limited and GE Power India Limited signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reduce carbon intensity from NTPC’s coal fired units The MoU seeks to demonstrate technologies to reduce the carbon footprint of NTPC’s existing coal fired power plants. This MOU aims at partnering on research, development and engineering of technologies that will enable NTPC to reduce the amount of coal fired in their units and gradually replace it by co-firing of ‘alternate fuel’ in boiler.
As a primary goal, the collaboration is to support NTPC in co-firing biomass pellets beyond 20 per cent and up to 100 per cent, as well as enabling the co-firing of methanol. It will also explore the possibility of introducing ammonia as a co-firing fuel, and also develop, test and demonstrate technologies that allow a total co-firing with lower carbon fuels in coal fired power plants.
Recently in December 2022, NTPC commissioned its 240 MW Devikot solar farm in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer district. The PV projects were established under the second phase of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s Central Public Sector Undertaking Scheme. According to the CPSU Scheme’s Domestic Content Requirement, the projects use domestically manufactured PV cells and modules.
In the same month, NTPC Limited completed the installation of 162.27 MW of solar capacity in Tamil Nadu. The plant is the first phase of NTPC’s 230 MW solar project in the Thoothukudi district of Ettayapuram. The Ettayapuram plant spans across roughly 900 acres of land and it comprises around 1.05 million solar panels.