Clean En­ergy may Light Up Mil­i­tary Sta­tions at Peaks

Army looks to tap re­new­ables to sup­ply power to jawans de­ployed at high al­ti­tudes

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Shau­rya.Gu­rung1 @times­group.com

New Delhi: The Army is look­ing for durable power sup­ply in high al­ti­tudes to en­hance the liv­ing con­di­tions of its per­son­nel. The plan is to have re­new­able en­ergy in place of fos­sil fu­els that are un­re­li­able and face trans­porta­tion and main­te­nance has­sles.

The project has been placed un­der the Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Fund scheme and the Army is dis­cussing the project with the in­dus­try and sub­ject ex­perts. The scheme en­vis­ages fund­ing the in­dus­try that can de­velop tech­nolo­gies or pro­to­types for po­ten­tial use with the help of sci­en­tists.

The first op­tion is fuel cell, which would con­vert chem­i­cal en­ergy from a fuel into elec­tric­ity through a re­ac­tion of hy­dro­gen-con­tain­ing fuel with oxy­gen or an­other ox­i­dis­ing agent.

To start with, the power to be gen­er­ated would be pegged at around 5 KW. So­lar and wind en­ergy, in abun­dance at high al­ti­tudes, are also un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to a study re­port, Ladakh is a re­gion where such re­new­able en­ergy can be eas­ily har­nessed. The re­gion is not con­nected to the na­tional grid.

There are hy­del power projects here but freez­ing of wa­ter in win­ter sees con­sid­er­able fall in pro­duc­tion. So­lar power projects are few in num­ber and are un­able to

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