Union Science and Technology Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh said that India has the potential to become a global hub of green hydrogen in near future. Speaking at the International Climate Summit 2021 Singh mentioned that the country is working relentlessly on sustainable energies by introducing biofuels, green hydrogen, and renewable energy to prioritize Carbon Neutrality.
The Minister said, Government is already encouraging the adaptation of Hydrogen fuels and technology for the mobility sector, and many industries like Steel, Cement, and Glass Manufacturing Industries have started using Hydrogen for heating requirements.
In order to enlarge its alternate wings, the launch of the National Hydrogen Mission by the finance minister during the budget session 2021-22 is targeted to make India efficient in extracting green hydrogen to avert extensive carbon footprints.
The National Hydrogen Mission aims to develop India as a global hub for manufacturing hydrogen and fuel cell technologies generated from green power sources such as natural gas, water, and electricity. The possible areas of using green hydrogen are fertilizers, steel, pharmaceuticals, and transport fuel. Hydrogen fuel has a diverse range of applications and can be deployed in the industry and transport sector including airplanes, cars, and buses.
A report by TERI, the energy resource institute, asserted that by 2050 nearly 80 percent of India’s hydrogen will be green, produced through renewable sources. At present, India uses grey and blue hydrogen, both derived from fossil and carbon capture. The global demand for hydrogen is estimated at 70 MT, while India’s hydrogen demand is largely focused on chemical and petroleum sectors. According to the TERI report, the National Hydrogen Mission is an opportunity for India to expand its defense and pharmaceutical sector. It will also prompt a breakthrough in hydrogen technologies and result in a benefit to the economy.