Balram Mehta, COO, ReNew Power, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

New Delhi: The production of green hydrogen requires a high plant load factor (PLF) and therefore a wind-solar hybrid power source is a must, said Balram Mehta, chief operating officer of ReNew Power and President of the Wind Independent Power Producers Association. SUMMEREnergyWorld in an exclusive interaction.

“The production of green hydrogen through electrolysers requires a high PLF of 60-70% and therefore a wind-solar hybrid mix must be present,” he said.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the curtain-raising press conference of the wind energy exhibition and conference, Windergy India 2022, which will be held at Pragati Maidan from 27 to 29 April 2022.

“Green hydrogen, as we know, requires renewable energy sources and electrolyzers must be run continuously to produce energy…solar is only available for about 8 hours a day and its balance depends on the network which unnecessarily strains the whole system,” Mehta said.

He added that if wind power is added to the system, these 8 hours increase to 4-8 p.m. and therefore the overall banking needs decrease.

“We hope the focus on green hydrogen will help us add wind power to the system,” he said.

According to Mehta, the government should extend the Interstate Transmission System (ISTS) waiver to state grids as well, as hydrogen will be produced in small units close to where it is consumed and will be mostly on utility grids. State.

Other than that, he said there should be a policy of repowering old sites that are occupied by less efficient machines where the PLF is 8-15%.

“There are about 10 sites of GW capacity that have less efficient machines…If we can get a policy on this, it can give a boost to the wind energy sector and therefore the sector. green hydrogen,” Mehta added.

Regarding the recent news of IndianOil, L&T and ReNew Power forming a joint venture for green hydrogen, Mehta said ReNew Power’s role will be that of a supplier of energy from wind and solar sources.


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