L&T Commissions Green Hydrogen Plant at its Industrial Site in India

Published on: 21 August 2022
by KnowESG
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Larsen & Toubro (L&T), an Indian multinational engaged in EPC Projects, Hi-Tech Manufacturing, and Services, announced the completion of a Green Hydrogen Plant at its AM Naik Heavy Engineering Complex in Hazira, Gujarat.

Mr. Shrikant Madhav Vaidya, Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation Limited, inaugurated the plant. Green hydrogen manufacturing has commenced using an alkaline electrolysis technique. The facility would produce 45 kg of green hydrogen per day for captive consumption in the company's Hazira manufacturing complex.

The Green Hydrogen Plant is designed to have an electrolyser capacity of 800 kW, with alkaline (380 kW) and PEM (420 kW) technologies, and will be powered by a 990 kW peak DC rooftop solar plant and a 500 kWh battery energy storage system (BESS). 

A 380 kW alkaline electrolyser was erected as part of the first phase of the project, with a 420 kW PEM electrolyser and solar plant capacity augmentation to 1.6 MW peak DC planned for future growth.

Mr. Subramanian Sarma, Whole-time Director & Senior Executive Vice President (Energy), L&T, said: 

“L&T is at the forefront of providing innovative and sustainable solutions that will help meet the energy needs of the future. We are proud that our engineers have set up the green hydrogen generation plant at Hazira complex and integrated it with the existing manufacturing shops for use of green hydrogen.” 

This initiative is in line with L&T’s climate leadership targets of Lakshya-2026 and will help reduce the greenhouse gas footprint for us as well as our clients by approximately 300 tonnes per annum. We believe that green hydrogen is a promising alternative fuel, and this plant is a testimony that we are committed to creating a greener tomorrow.” 

The plant is spread across 3000 square metres, and the first part of the project has been installed, tested, and commissioned. The scope of the project includes the production of high purity green hydrogen (99.99%) and oxygen, as well as their captive use in the manufacturing shops. As a fuel, a 15% hydrogen/natural gas blend will be used, and oxygen will enhance the existing usage in cutting and welding operations.

The plant design features both active and passive safety devices and will be operated via state-of-the-art control systems with remote monitoring functionality to ensure safe operation and production. Furthermore, L&T's integrated data analytics platform will provide insights into the performance of the electrolysers and the overall plant.

L&T has pledged to achieve water neutrality by 2035 and carbon neutrality by 2040 as part of its ESG objectives. Making green hydrogen a key component of their clean fuel adoption strategy.

L&T's climate change, energy efficiency, and renewable energy programmes are in line with the Government of India's National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). The company's programmes are also aligned with the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) adopted by the Government of India during the COP 21–Paris Agreement.

Source: L&T

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