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Kerala Targets Green Hydrogen Superpower Status: Eyes on Exports and Future Domestic Use

5 Mar 2024

Kerala is making a bold move towards becoming a green hydrogen powerhouse.

The state government is setting ambitious plans to:

  • Become a major player in green hydrogen production: With significant investment, Kerala aims to establish itself as a hub for clean energy generation.

  • Explore export opportunities: Initially, the focus will be on exporting green hydrogen to Europe, Norway, and the United States, capitalizing on cheaper production costs compared to other countries.

  • Create opportunities for domestic use: While initial deployment within Kerala is deemed expensive, the state is committed to exploring future applications of green hydrogen technology.

Key Drivers of Kerala's Green Hydrogen Push:

  • Favorable environment: Abundant freshwater resources with fewer impurities and diverse terrain are seen as advantages for efficient green hydrogen production.

  • Strategic partnerships: The government plans to collaborate with public sector giants like BPCL, Cochin Shipyard, and Cochin International Airport to foster innovation and market opportunities.

  • Long-term vision: While acknowledging the current cost barrier for domestic use, Kerala is confident that technological advancements will make green hydrogen affordable within 5-10 years.

Looking Ahead:

  • The proposed ₹ 2,600 crore green hydrogen valley project in Kerala is expected to be a game-changer, attracting further investment and fueling innovation in the sector.

  • The state's proactive approach positions it as a frontrunner in the green hydrogen revolution, with the potential to contribute significantly to a cleaner and more sustainable future.

This initiative demonstrates Kerala's commitment to embracing clean energy solutions and positioning itself as a leader in the green hydrogen space.

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