World Hydrogen Summit 2024


Bhupinder Singh Bhalla, Secretary of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, highlighted India’s strategic vision and capabilities in renewable energy and green hydrogen production while addressing the World Hydrogen Summit 2024 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on May 15, 2024.

The Secretary detailed the comprehensive scope of the National Green Hydrogen Mission, which includes pilot projects, research and development (R&D) initiatives, and skill development programs. “This holistic approach reflects the government’s commitment to fostering innovation, collaboration, and capacity-building across the hydrogen value chain. The focus on piloting projects and advancing R&D underscores India’s commitment to nurturing a vibrant ecosystem for green hydrogen technologies, fostering cutting-edge solutions and best practices,” Bhalla stated.

Reaffirming India’s position as a global leader in renewable energy affordability, Bhalla emphasized the nation’s competitive pricing. “With competitive pricing, India presents an attractive landscape for domestic and international investments in renewable energy projects, aligning with the nation’s commitment to transitioning towards sustainable energy sources,” he noted. The Secretary also highlighted India’s integrated grid infrastructure, enhancing grid stability and efficiency in renewable energy integration.


Bhalla praised India’s skilled engineering workforce as crucial for the success of renewable energy and green hydrogen projects. “With world-class expertise in engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services, India offers a robust talent pool capable of executing projects with efficiency and precision. This availability of skilled personnel at a reasonable cost further enhances India’s competitiveness in the global market for green hydrogen production,” he said.

India’s ambition to become a leading exporter of green hydrogen was a key point of Bhalla’s address. He emphasized the nation’s strategic focus on scaling up production to seize emerging opportunities in the international market, reinforcing its position in the global energy transition. “With a strategic focus on scaling up production, India aims to capitalize on emerging opportunities in the international market for green hydrogen, thereby reinforcing its position as a key player in the global energy transition,” Bhalla asserted.


He assured the summit delegates of India’s capability to meet any scale of production demand for green hydrogen, citing India’s robust renewable energy deployment strategy. He mentioned that approximately 43% of India’s current installed electricity capacity is from non-fossil-fuel sources, with projections to increase to 50% by 2030.

The National Green Hydrogen Mission is a flagship initiative of the Government of India, targeting the establishment of 5 million tonnes of annual green hydrogen production capacity by 2030. The Government has made significant progress, awarding tenders for green hydrogen production incentives totaling 412,000 tonnes per annum and for establishing electrolyser manufacturing capacity of 1,500 MW per annum.

 

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