India to become Hydrogen hub by 2030: Shri Pranav Mehta, Chairman, NSEFI

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India to become Hydrogen hub by 2030: Shri Pranav Mehta, Chairman, NSEFI
India to become Hydrogen hub by 2030: Shri Pranav Mehta, Chairman, NSEFI

New Delhi : Global Green Hydrogen Conference was Jointly Organized by National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) and Informa Markets. The Session was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Dr. Mahesh Sharma Ji, from Gautam Buddh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh at Renewable Energy Expo. 

Shri Pranav R Mehta, Chairman NSEFI said, “Following Hon’ble Prime Minister’s statement on 74th Independence Day, India already announced Green Hydrogen Policy on February 17, 2022.  Many PSUs and leading Indian corporates have announced their large green energy investment plans. However, worldwide it is recognized that Green Hydrogen is costly as on today at around $5/Kg and the efforts world over are to bring down the costs to around $1/Kg. This is no small task. It requires herculean R&D and demonstration efforts by leading institutions, Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), Private Sector, Academic Institution, and Industry bodies like NSEFI.”

The Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Dr. Mahesh Sharma Ji delivered the Keynote Address where he said, "Under the visionary and able leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi Ji, India has received global recognition for its Energy Transition development. Today, India is filled with the excitement of the celebrations of 75 years of its independence. India is also moving ahead in the Renewable Energy field with many promising results. At this juncture when India has the 4th largest installed Renewable Energy Capacity, we are now going to make India the Hub of Green Hydrogen in the World. ' 

In his address he further said, "we have an ambitious target of 500 GW of Non- Fossil Energy Capacity by 2030. We recently achieved the 150 GW of Renewable Energy Capacity (Including Large Hydro) milestone and we are the only G20 nation to achieve its Paris Agreement NDC’s of 40% installed power capacity from non-fossil sources ahead of its target.” 

In addition to this he said that “Noida has a huge potential in terms of Energy Demand and Generation and also the Government of Uttar Pradesh has envisaged development of a green field airport at Jewar, which will be Asia’s biggest aviation facility. We would like to invite Industries for the same.” 

Ms. Sunita Satyapal, Director, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), USA, Mr. David Wedepohl, Managing Director International Affairs, BSW (German Solar Association), Mr. Adamo were also present giving international perspective. 

The session witnessed the best brains, policy makers and major stakeholders from the Industries and Academic Institutions, deliberating and discussing at length the future of Hydrogen in the energy mix.

The representatives from industries shared their respective initiatives undertaken by their companies on utilization of hydrogen and their future plans. The speakers also shared the relevance of different technologies developed on hydrogen and its priorities for the country.

The following speakers presented their view on Green Hydrogen Development, Dr. R.K. Malhotra, Hydrogen Association of India, Mr. Srivatsan Iyer, Hero Future Energies, Mr. Alok Sharma, Centre for High Technology, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Mr. Arnava Sinha, GreenKo Group, Mr. Kapil Maheshwari, Reliance Industries Limited, Mr. Sandeep Kashyap, ACME Group, Prof. Rajneesh Kumar, BITS Pilani and Mr. Tomasz Slusarz, Cleantech Business Club.