Overview

By 2050, nearly 80% of India's hydrogen is projected to be green, produced by renewable electricity and electrolysis. Green Hydrogen may become the most competitive route for Hydrogen production by around 2030 and this may be driven by potential cost declines in key production technologies and in clean energy technologies such as solar PV and wind turbines.
 
Recently, the central government notified the Green Hydrogen policy aimed at boosting production of Green Hydrogen and Green Ammonia to help the nation become a global hub for the environmentally friendly version. For countries like India, with its ever-increasing oil and gas import bill, Green Hydrogen can also help provide crucial energy security by reducing the overall dependence on imported fossil fuels. While nearly all hydrogen produced in India today is grey, it is estimated that demand for Hydrogen will be 12 MMT by 2030 and around 40% i.e. around 5 MMT will be green. 
 
To help decarbonize Indian industry, the new Green Hydrogen policy provides for the waiver of inter state transmission charges for a period of 25 years and a banking provision of up to 30 days, which will help reduce the cost of Green Hydrogen significantly. This will, therefore, push the replacement of Grey Hydrogen with Green Hydrogen. The Ministry of Power has also provided a single-window-clearance portal for all clearances and open access on priority to Green Hydrogen projects.
 
The government of India plans to introduce a PLI scheme for electrolyzers to promote green hydrogen production in India at an outlay of US $2 billion. The cost of infrastructure and safety concerns would also need to be addressed. 
 
In terms of the investment requirements, if India is to deploy Green Hydrogen as a clean energy solution for key sectors, including transport, industry, and power, by 2050, this would require significant investment in electrolyzers. India should focus public money for R&D and technology development to try and be on the global frontier in each part of the value chain of Green Hydrogen, with the objective of lowering costs and increasing deployment. 
 
This requires a coordinated push from the supply-side, with increased investment and R&D commitments by government and industry, as well as demand-side support in the form of guaranteed markets, enabled by government procurement, subsidy schemes or regulations on fossil fuel alternatives. 
 
With a renewable energy target of 500 GW for 2030 and net zero by 2070, India could become a Hydrogen hub as it is a promising opportunity. Industry experts are hopeful that Green Hydrogen will play a huge role in sectors like Power, Steel, Fertilizer, Petrochemical, and Transport. 
 

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Key Discussion Points:
- Green Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap 
- Making India a Global Hub for Green Hydrogen 
- Benefits accruing from PLI Scheme for Electrolyzers 
- Developing a Green Hydrogen ecosystem 
- Establishing technology transfer partnerships 
- Providing grants for R&D and upskilling
- Opting for large scale Green Hydrogen pilots in different verticals 
- Storage, safety and environmental concerns related to Green Hydrogen 

Speakers

Dr. Ashish Lele Director CSIR - National Chemical Laboratory

Dr. Ashish Lele is presently serving as Director, CSIR - National Chemical Laboratory. Dr. Lele has deep understanding of end-to-end hydrogen value chain with detailed knowledge of techno-economics, business opportunities and technology advances in fuel cells for mobility, power and heating applications; deep understanding of the fundamental science behind transport phenomena and reaction engineering in PEM fuel cells. 

Dr. Lele completed his B. Chem. Eng. from University of Bombay, Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT) in 1988. He also holds PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Delaware, USA, 1993. 

Milind V. Baride Vice President Tecnimont India

Milind Baride, born in 1958, a graduate mechanical engineer from National Institute of Technology – Karnataka (India), has over 37 years experience in the Oil & Gas sector in upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. He has worked in onshore and offshore sectors.

Started the career in the petrochemical sector in Mumbai as a trainee engineer in technical areas and assisted in development of computer aided design and drafting solutions and development of CPM/PERT techniques. Since 1989, he has been working in project management, project control and contract management areas, based in Iraq, Italy, UK, India and USA. Worked on various offshore and onshore EPC projects in India, West Africa, Europe, USA, Russia, Kazakhstan and Middle East.

He has gained hands on experience through active participation in various prestigious EPC projects such as Edop Project, Trans Mediterranean pipelines, Gibraltar pipelines, Blue Stream Project, Idaho remediation Pit 9, Reliance’s Jamnagar refinery jetty, Pag 2 Kashagan Project, Perla project in Venezuela and OPaL project in India.

 

Dr. Soma Das Gupta Application Engineer GC/MS Agilent Technologies

She brings over 15 years of research experience with gas chromatography allowing her to explore many aspects of this analytical technique to solve questions across different sectors ranging from food safety to pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Agilent Technologies, she performed her doctorate research at the University of Pune where she concentrated on developing comprehensive methods for analysis of agro-chemicals in fruits and vegetables. She has worked with Thermo Fisher Scientific for 3 yrs as Application specialist. On joining Agilent, she became part of a team responsible for developing solutions to meet customers' analytical needs. She specialize in multi-residue method development; pesticides and environmental applications and genotoxic impurities in pharmaceuticals. She has more than 25 publications and application notes to her credit and a book chapter.

Pravin Prashant Editor Indian Chemical News