Indian leaders have high hopes for green hydrogen

03 April 2024 13:36


New Delhi - Green hydrogen will help to achieve the transition to clean energy. At a meeting of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy, international leaders discussed how open-source technology, regulations, and more financing can help to expand green hydrogen production and consumption.

Green hydrogen was likely India’s best bet in successfully achieving a transition to clean energy and net-zero emissions, Indian Ministry of External Affairs Special Secretary P. Kumaran told green energy advocates recently at a meeting of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy, or IPHE.

Green hydrogen supplements solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources, offers numerous long-term storage options, and can be piped, trucked, or shipped easily, Kumaran said.

He spoke at the IPHE in late March at the Sushma Swaraj Bhawan in New Delhi, according to a Confederation of Indian Industry, or CII, press release issued March 22. The CII, the Solar Energy Corporation of India, and the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy sponsor IPHE.

Established in 2003, the IPHE includes 23 countries on all continents and the European Commission. The group shares information about policy and technical innovations that might help each other expand their green hydrogen capacities.

Numerous clean energy luminaries from around the world attended the meeting.

Vineet Mittal, chairman of the Mumbai-based green energy solutions provider Avaada Group and chairman of the CII’s Taskforce on Green Hydrogen, said the United Nations and World Trade Organization should expand their role as a facilitator of green hydrogen adoption while also stressing that India needed “policy autonomy” rather than foreign interference while pursuing its decarbonization strategies.

More open-source technology for solid oxide electrolyzer cells, which generates hydrogen, and other tools would significantly reduce the cost of producing green hydrogen and expand its potential, Mittal said.

Other topics that delegates discussed at the IPHE included certification regimes, safety measures in green hydrogen production, international trade policies, and financing the transition to green hydrogen worldwide. ce/jd

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