On July 5–7, the national capital will play host to a three-day international conference on green hydrogen.
The event, which will take place at Vigyan Bhawan, will bring together the international scientific and industrial community, according to a government announcement on Wednesday, to examine recent developments and upcoming technologies in the whole green hydrogen value chain.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy stated that the conference “will enable the sector stakeholders to explore the evolving green hydrogen landscape and innovation-driven solutions in the sector.”
The conference will also cover green financing, human resource upskilling, and startup activities in addition to interactions between domain-specific researchers on hydrogen production, storage, delivery, and downstream uses.
According to Bhupinder Singh Bhalla, secretary at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the National Green Hydrogen Mission’s core annual production objective of 5 million tonnes must be met by 2030 in order to achieve the green hydrogen ecosystem.
“Global production capacity for electrolyzers is extremely constrained; India must develop this capacity. And for this, it’s crucial that we understand and use the right technology for producing electrolyzers as well as for many other manufacturing-related parts,” continued Mr. Bhalla.
The National Green Hydrogen Mission, which aims to turn India into a global hub for the manufacture, use, and export of such technology, was also authorised by the Union Cabinet in early January.
The green hydrogen mission will, among other things, gradually reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels and contribute to the decarbonization of the industrial, transportation, and energy sectors.
This green hydrogen mission is considered as a way to lessen India’s dependence on imported fuel, which accounts for a sizeable amount of its energy demands.
The mission’s first budget, which covers research and development activities, is estimated at 19,744 crore rupees.
The government’s goals under this mission are to increase annual green hydrogen production to 5 million tonnes, add about 125 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity, attract over 8 lakh crore in investments, create lakhs of jobs, and most importantly, reduce cumulative fossil fuel imports by over 1 lakh crore.
Nirmala Sitharaman, the finance minister, suggested beginning a national hydrogen mission to produce hydrogen using renewable energy sources in the budget speech for 2021–2022.
Due to its advantageous geographic location and the presence of an abundance of natural resources, India has a significant advantage in the generation of green hydrogen.
The National Hydrogen Mission was introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his Independence Day speech on August 15, 2021.
“Of all the efforts India is making today, the field of green hydrogen will enable India make a quantum leap in terms of climate. With this tricolour as a witness, I am declaring the National Hydrogen Mission today to realise the aim of Green Hydrogen,” Prime Minister Modi had remarked from the Red Fort rampart.