In the run-up to the highly anticipated G20 Summit, a pivotal conference centered around “green hydrogen pilots in India” took place in New Delhi on September 5. Hosted by NTPC Limited, a leading Indian public sector undertaking, this one-day event showcased a remarkable array of green hydrogen initiatives, combining the efforts of both public and private sector entities.
A Platform for Innovation
The conference served as a platform for participants to witness pioneering 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 potential of this promising technology.
Diverse Range of Initiatives
A wide array of green hydrogen pilots was on display at the conference, each highlighting unique aspects of the clean energy landscape. These included:
- 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, a step towards reducing carbon emissions in the energy sector.
- Green Hydrogen Mobility (NTPC)
NTPC also demonstrated its commitment to sustainable transportation through green hydrogen mobility solutions, indicating a cleaner future for India’s automotive industry.
- 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.
- Green Shipping Initiatives (Cochin Shipyard)
Cochin Shipyard unveiled their green shipping initiatives, addressing the environmental impact of maritime transportation through innovative technologies.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Green Methanol and Ethanol (NTPC)
NTPC’s initiatives in green methanol and ethanol production underscored the potential of renewable fuels in decarbonizing various industries.
- 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.
- Hydrogen-Based Microgrid Initiatives (THDC)
THDC, a government-owned power generation company, emphasized the importance of hydrogen-based microgrid solutions in enhancing energy resilience.
- Green Hydrogen for Welding at Hazira, Gujarat (Larsen & Toubro)
Larsen & Toubro showcased the utilization of green hydrogen in welding procedures at Hazira, Gujarat, showcasing its versatility in industrial applications.
- 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.
- 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 Achievements and Challenges
The primary objective of this conference was the assimilation of information and the encouragement of open dialogue among industry pioneers. Participants were encouraged to share their achievements and challenges, fostering a collaborative spirit among early adopters of green hydrogen technology.
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- Union Minister for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE): R K Singh