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The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has requested proposals to set up a 25 kW green hydrogen-based pilot project at Sonam Norboo Memorial (SNM) Hospital in the Union Territory, Ladakh’s Leh region. The deadline for submitting bids is the 10th of March 2022, and the bids will be opened on 15 March.
The selected developer will be needed to set up the undertaking at the SNM hospital on a “build-own-operate” basis in order to supply the hospital with energy, heat, and oxygen.
The hospital will enter into a supply agreement (SA) with the selected bidder for the purchase of energy, heat, and oxygen for a period of 15 years.
Applicants are required to pay a bid processing fee of Rs 6,000. Successful bidders will have to submit an earnest money deposit (EMD) of Rs 134,000 and a performance bank guarantee of Rs 268,000.
According to the tender document, the scope of work comprises the design, delivery, testing, and commissioning of a green hydrogen-based complete power-to-power cycle system, as well as metering arrangements for the provision of energy and heat.
The project’s hydrogen generation, compression, and storage components will be placed at the SECI’s 20 MW(AC) solar project in Taru village, Leh, together with a 20 MW/40 MWh battery energy storage system. The SNM Hospital will have a combined heat and power (CHP) fuel cell or gas engine and accompanying equipment installed.
The project is part of the Government of India’s goal of making Ladakh the country’s first carbon-neutral area. Ladakh has a plethora of renewable energy sources, including sun, wind, hydropower, and geothermal. It has previously relied on diesel to satisfy its power and heat requirements, particularly during the winters, because it is spread among various rural areas and isolated hamlets.
The SNM hospital now obtains power from the Power Development Department of Ladakh and also employs diesel generators (DG) for electrical usage during power outages. Electric boilers and diesel boilers are used to provide the heating demand. The green hydrogen project’s goal is to lessen the hospital’s reliance on fuel.