Like all mobile operators, Idea Cellular has been running diesel generators for over 10 hours a day to provide uninterrupted power to its telecom towers in rural areas. Meanwhile, hydrogen generated from Grasim Industries’ chlor-alkali business was being burnt as a waste by-product. Now, the AV Birla Group companies have found a way to solve each other’s problems.
Some 30 telecom towers in Madhya Pradesh are now using a fuel cell system, where hydrogen from the nearby Grasim plant produces electricity. Fuel cells convert the chemical energy in hydrogen to electricity. It’s a clean technology, since heat and water are the only by