Bharat Electronics signs agreement to provide reliable power supply to security forces in remote areas

India’s Navratna public sector undertaking (PSU) Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has signed an agreement for providing reliable and sustainable power supply to security forces operating in remote, naxal-affected and high-altitude areas.

The memorandum of understanding between BEL and the SFC Energy-AG, Germany, and FC TecNrgy Pvt Ltd (FCTec), which was signed recently, will ensure cooperation in addressing the emerging requirement of sustainable energy to the security forces through the supply of hydrogen and fuel cells said an official press release.

Supply of reliable and sustainable power has been a major challenge for the security forces operating in remote, high-altitude, Naxal-affected areas, deserts, and island territories.

The partnership aims to jointly address the off-grid power needs of the country, including mission-critical requirements of the security forces and a range of additional applications through highly proven and customised green energy solutions based on fuel cells, the press note added.

The tie-up combines BEL’s engineering and large-scale production strengths with SFC’s expertise in fuel cells and FCTec’s system integration and installation know-how.

The MoU is also in line with the central government’s initiative for adopting green energy solutions, it said. Officiating CMD, BEL, Anandi Ramalingam said that the organisation is increasingly focusing on providing the security forces with sustainable and reliable sources of power including energy storage.

Peter Podesser, CEO of SFC Energy AG said the fuel cells are a sustainable, environmentally friendly power generation technology and by replacing conventional diesel generators, it is significantly decarbonising the footprints of users and therefore contributing to achieve long-term climate targets. According to the press release, Karandeep Singh, Colonel (Retd) and founder of FC TecNrgy Pvt Ltd, said the MoU will benefit country’s armed forces, the ministry of home affairs, disaster management authorities and other agencies.

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