NTPC Limited, one of the largest power generating utilities in India, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Energy Vault Holdings, Inc. (“Energy Vault”), one of the leaders in sustainable, grid-scale energy storage solutions.
The objective of the MOU is to collaborate and formalise a long-term strategic partnership for deployment of Energy Vault’s EVx gravity-based energy storage technology and software solutions based on the outcome of a joint feasibility study. The technology also offers beneficial utilisation of coal ash for manufacturing of composite blocks for Energy Vault’s gravity-based energy storage system, the company said.
“As a large, integrated power producer, it is critical for NTPC to have a diverse clean energy portfolio to decarbonise India’s economy. We have enhanced our renewable capacity addition targets to spearhead India’s energy transition goals and we are focusing on Solar, Wind, RTC and Hybrid projects to achieve the targets,” said Gurdeep Singh, Chairman and Managing Director of NTPC.
He further added that the collaboration with Energy Vault will help NTPC in furthering its energy transition goals through a sustainable approach by way of utilising coal ash for the manufacturing of composite blocks. Accordingly, this collaboration will also promote a circular economy.
“We are excited to partner with NTPC and support India’s largest power utility in its clean energy transition,” said Robert Piconi, Chairman, Co-Founder and CEO, Energy Vault.
Piconi further pointed out that Energy Vault’s mission is to make sustainable, carbon-free energy a reality and this announcement marks further advancement towards that goal with the expansion into one of the largest global markets for energy. The collaboration with NTPC builds upon previously announced commercial expansions across multiple continents as we transitioned to a public company earlier this year.