L&T Commissions Green Hydrogen Facility in Gujarat
The production facility will produce 45 kg of green hydrogen per day
August 22, 2022
The engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) and hi-tech manufacturing company Larsen and Toubro (L&T) has announced the commissioning of a green hydrogen facility at its AM Naik Heavy Engineering Complex in Hazira, Gujarat.
The production facility is expected to produce 45 kg of green hydrogen daily, which would be used for captive consumption at its Hazira manufacturing complex.
The green hydrogen project has been designed for an electrolyzer capacity of 800 kW, comprising alkaline (380 kW) and polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) (420 kW) technologies. It would be powered by a 990 kW (DC) capacity rooftop solar system and a 500 kWh battery energy storage system (BESS).
As part of the first phase of the project, the 380 kW alkaline electrolyzer has been installed, while the 420 kW PEM electrolyzer and solar plant capacity augmentation to 1.6 MW (DC) would be part of the future expansion.
The facility is spread over 3,000 square meters and involves the generation of high purity green hydrogen (99.9%) & oxygen and their captive consumption in the manufacturing units.
Speaking on the occasion, Subramanian Sarma, Director & Senior Executive Vice President (Energy), L&T, said: “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 the use of the green hydrogen. This initiative is in line with L&T’s climate leadership targets of Lakshya-2026 that will help reduce the greenhouse gas footprint for our clients and us by approximately 300 tons/annum. We believe green hydrogen is a promising alternative fuel, and the project is a testimony that we are committed to creating a greener tomorrow.”
To ensure safe operation and production, the plant design would incorporate both active and passive safety systems and will be operated through control systems with remote monitoring functionality. In addition, an integrated data analytics platform designed by L&T will provide insights into the performance of the electrolyzers and the overall plant.
As part of its environmental, social, and (corporate) governance (ESG) commitments, L&T aims to achieve water neutrality by 2035 and carbon neutrality by 2040.
In March this year, L&T, through its power transmission and distribution business, bagged orders to construct a 245 MW solar power project in Rajasthan and a 35 MW solar with a 57 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) in the Kutch district of Gujarat.
Earlier, L&T had said its power transmission & distribution business had secured two engineering, procurement, and construction orders to establish over 400 MW of solar projects in Gujarat. The scope of work included design, engineering, supply, construction, testing, commissioning, and operation and maintenance of grid-connected solar projects of about 200 MW each.