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India must create green hydrogen corridors, report says

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India must create Green Hydrogen Corridors, and governments may consider funding startups and encouraging entrepreneurs to spread the word about green hydrogen, according to NITI Aayog’s statement on Wednesday. The Aayog also recommended that demand aggregation and dollar-based bidding for green hydrogen be used to stimulate investment in a paper titled “Harnessing Green Hydrogen – Opportunities for Deep Decarbonisation in India.”

“Based on state grand challenges, should be established three hydrogen corridors around the nation. Governments may encourage entrepreneurs through incubators and investor networks, give grants and loans to new businesses and ideas, and implement legislation to reduce the risk of being the first to market “added the research.

In order to generate demand in niche markets and encourage private investment, the government can also employ public procurement and buying incentives (for green hydrogen).

According to the research, the government should support the export of green hydrogen and goods with green hydrogen integrated through a worldwide hydrogen alliance.

The term “green hydrogen” or “green ammonia” refers to hydrogen or ammonia created by the electrolysis of water using renewable energy, including stored renewable energy and hydrogen or ammonia derived from biomass.

The majority of developed nations, including India, have committed to net-zero goals.

One of the key requirements for emission reduction, particularly in the challenging to reduce sectors, is the switch to green hydrogen and green ammonia.

According to the analysis, India’s need for hydrogen might more than quadruple by 2050, accounting for up to 10% of the world’s total consumption.

Steel and heavy-duty transportation are projected to be the main drivers of demand increase over the long term, making for over 52% of total demand by 2050, it was said.

The report stated that India may aim for 25 GW of electrolyzers by 2030, while also investing USD 1 billion in R&D to catalyze the development of commercial green hydrogen technologies across the value chain. It also stressed that the roadmap should identify a timeline and scale of manufacturing support for electrolyzers.

In addition to receiving preferential treatment in public bids, it was stated that drastically accelerating regulatory clearance times will assist spur domestic production.

The paper made the case that funding for test bench infrastructure, public-private venture capital, and grand challenges could all be included in R&D spending.

The paper seeks to provide a crucial knowledge foundation for discussions about India’s Green Hydrogen Policy and choices about private sector investment.

Arnes Biogradlija
Creative Content Director at EnergyNews.Biz

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