The Indian state of Kerala is taking a significant step towards its ambitious net zero and renewable energy goals with the launch of the Kerala Green Hydrogen Mission. In a bid to accelerate progress, the Agency for New and Renewable Energy Research and Technology (ANERT) has initiated the process of selecting consultants to establish project management units for the mission.
This move underscores Kerala’s commitment to harnessing green hydrogen’s potential for decarbonization and sustainable growth.
Kerala’s vision is clear: achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and transform into a 100% renewable energy state by 2040. The Kerala Green Hydrogen Mission is the linchpin of this endeavor, aiming to leverage green hydrogen’s capabilities in driving decarbonization. The project management units, facilitated by the selected consultants, will play a pivotal role in executing this mission.
ANERT has invited bids from eligible parties to take on the crucial role of establishing and managing the project management units for the Kerala Green Hydrogen Mission. The successful bidder should have a proven track record in the government and management consultancy services sector, spanning a minimum of ten years. A notable prerequisite is having successfully completed similar projects aligned with the tender’s focus areas.
The selected consultants are expected to possess a comprehensive skill set spanning several domains. This includes prior engagement with national-level ministries such as the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the Ministry of Petroleum, reflecting experience in shaping green hydrogen policies and standards. Furthermore, expertise in collaborating with state governments to craft state-level policies, mission documents, and green hydrogen clusters is sought.
In line with the burgeoning green hydrogen sector, the consultants should exhibit familiarity with market and demand assessments, feasibility studies, and the development of tools for evaluating green hydrogen potential. A proven history of cooperation with state nodal agencies and power utilities, particularly in solar, wind, and energy storage domains, is essential to ensure the mission’s successful execution.
Kerala’s dedication to green hydrogen is exemplified by its financial allocation in the 2023 Budget. With the aim of eradicating fossil fuel dependence by 2040, the Budget earmarked funds for the establishment of green hydrogen hubs in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram over the next two years. An allocation of ₹2 billion (~$24.2 million) underscores the state’s seriousness in driving green hydrogen adoption.