Clean Energy may Light Up Military Stations at Peaks
Army looks to tap renewables to supply power to jawans deployed at high altitudes
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