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Army uses Nagaland-made Hydroger at Indo-Pak border

Army uses Nagaland-made Hydroger at Indo-Pak border
Hydroger sucessfully installed at the Indo-Pak border area.
DIMAPUR, OCT 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/7/2018 12:06:26 PM IST

Nagaland may not have produced national sports champions but it has achieved a rare distinction of being the  manufacturer of a mini generator called ‘Hydroger’ of 3 KW that generates power from running water from any water source.

After having successfully lighted up many remote hamlets across the Northeast for the past few years through its hydrogers, Nagaland Empowerment of People through Energy Development (NEPeD) added yet another feather to its cap by successfully installing its pet product at an army camp located at remote place in Jammu & Kashmir’s Leh Ladakh region. 

According NEPeD officials, the team from Nagaland successfully installed the “Made in Nagaland” 3-kw hydroger, manufactured at its Dimapur-based Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy Studies (CERES), to light up the army camp in Drass sector near the Tiger Hill, which became famous during the Kargil War, in the Line of Control (LoC) that divides India and Pakistan. 

Soldiers deployed at the icy and freezing heights from altitudes ranging from 12,000 feet to 20,000 feet in the area were earlier dependent on captive power generation by using generators run on diesel. However, transporting diesel for generators to such remote and mountainous locations on foot and mules was a major logistical burden, besides the generators caused much pollution due to burning of fuel. 

In order to address this issue and seek an alternative source of energy, Indian Army’s 14 Corps (Leh-Ladakh) chief engineer Brigadier SP Yadava sought the assistance of NEPeD, an organisation whose potential he knew very well by virtue of his earlier posting in Nagaland. Thereafter, a NEPeD team started coordinating, planning and designing to undertake this challenging task of electrifying the army post. 

After ascertaining the feasibility, the team moved to the intended site and, backed by active support of army engineers and troops deployed at the site, worked tirelessly in sub-zero temperatures to complete the hydroger installation within 48 hours, the officials added. 

The hydrogers produced at CERES are certified at IIT Roorkee’s Alternate Hydro Energy Centre. 

The “Made in Nagaland” hydrogers are already in use in other States like Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Kerala and Maharashtra. Several villages in Nagaland, particularly in the Indo-Myanmar border area, are using hydrogers for lighting up their homes for the last 10 years. Hydroger and other hydro turbine technologies hold immense potential for community-owned small hydro power generation in villages across Nagaland.

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