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Green Hydrogen Pilots in India Conference Highlights Transformative Clean Energy Initiatives

12 Sept 2023

In the lead-up to the G20 Summit, a pivotal event, the 'Green Hydrogen Pilots in India' Conference, was held in New Delhi on September 5. Organized by NTPC Limited, a prominent Indian public sector enterprise, this one-day gathering showcased a diverse range of green hydrogen initiatives, bringing together the efforts of both public and private sector stakeholders.

A Catalyst for Innovation

The conference provided a platform for attendees to witness groundbreaking pilot projects and gain invaluable insights into the future of clean energy in India. As the world increasingly recognizes the importance of transitioning to eco-friendly energy sources, these green hydrogen pilots offered a glimpse into the immense potential of this promising technology.

Diverse Array of Initiatives

The conference featured a wide array of green hydrogen pilots, each highlighting unique facets of India's clean energy landscape:

  1. Green Hydrogen Blending in Petroleum and Natural Gas (NTPC): NTPC, one of India's largest power companies, showcased its innovative approach to green hydrogen blending in petroleum and natural gas, contributing to reduced carbon emissions in the energy sector.

  2. Green Hydrogen Mobility (NTPC): NTPC also demonstrated its commitment to sustainable transportation through green hydrogen mobility solutions, signifying a cleaner future for India's automotive industry.

  3. FCEV and H2ICE Vehicles (Ashok Leyland): Ashok Leyland, a renowned vehicle manufacturer, presented their fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) and hydrogen internal combustion engine (H2ICE) vehicles, which hold immense potential in reducing vehicular pollution.

  4. Green Shipping Initiatives (Cochin Shipyard): Cochin Shipyard unveiled their green shipping initiatives, addressing the environmental impact of maritime transportation through innovative technologies.

  5. Microgrid and Mobility (National Hydroelectric Power Corporation): The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation showcased its expertise in microgrid solutions and sustainable mobility, paving the way for cleaner and more efficient power distribution.

  6. Blending Using AEM Electrolysers (Oil India): Oil India highlighted the process of green hydrogen blending using advanced AEM (Anion Exchange Membrane) electrolyzers, contributing to the diversification of energy sources.

  7. Green Ammonia Plant in Bikaner (ACME): ACME, a leading player in the renewable energy sector, presented its green ammonia plant in Bikaner, a crucial development for the agricultural and industrial sectors.

  8. Green Methanol and Ethanol (NTPC): NTPC's initiatives in green methanol and ethanol production underscored the potential of renewable fuels in decarbonizing various industries.

  9. Making of DRI Steel with Green Hydrogen (Ministry of Steel): The Ministry of Steel introduced a groundbreaking concept: producing Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) steel using green hydrogen, a significant step in reducing the carbon footprint of the steel industry.

  10. Hydrogen-Based Microgrid Initiatives (THDC): THDC, a government-owned power generation company, emphasized the importance of hydrogen-based microgrid solutions in enhancing energy resilience.

  11. Green Hydrogen for Welding at Hazira, Gujarat (Larsen & Toubro): Larsen & Toubro showcased the utilization of green hydrogen in welding procedures at Hazira, Gujarat, highlighting its versatility in industrial applications.

  12. Green Hydrogen Using Off-Grid Solar (Hygenco): Hygenco explored the concept of generating green hydrogen using off-grid solar solutions, ensuring a sustainable source of clean energy in remote areas.

  13. Solar to Direct Hydrogen (SoHHytec): SoHHytec demonstrated the promising technology of converting solar energy directly into hydrogen, offering an efficient and eco-friendly method of energy storage.

Sharing Successes and Challenges

The primary objective of this conference was to facilitate information sharing and encourage open dialogue among industry pioneers. Participants were urged to exchange their achievements and address challenges, fostering a collaborative spirit among early adopters of green hydrogen technology.

The event also featured insights from key figures, including Union Minister for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), R K Singh.

This conference underscores India's commitment to advancing clean energy solutions and embracing green hydrogen as a pivotal component of its sustainable energy future. With diverse initiatives spanning multiple sectors, India is poised to play a significant role in the global transition towards cleaner and more sustainable energy sources.

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