Global energy and industrial majors have come together to help create a hydrogen value-chain and economy in India. The coalition called the India H2 Alliance (IH2A) will collaborate with private sector partners, the government and the public to lower the costs of hydrogen production, and grow a local supply chain for hydrogen and related applications.
The India H2 Alliance will be led by India’s Reliance Industries and USA-based Chart Industries that manufactures cryogenic equipment used in the production, storage, and distribution of liquefied gases, including hydrogen.
The Alliance will work towards developing blue and green hydrogen production and storage, and building a hydrogen economy that complements India’s national renewable energy and electric vehicle/battery-technology plans. It will also build hydrogen-use industrial clusters and transport use-cases with hydrogen-powered fuel cells.
Targeted industrial clusters will include steel, refineries, fertilizer, cement, ports and logistics, as well as heavy-duty transport use cases. Besides, the alliance will work towards establishing standards for the storage and transport of hydrogen in pressurized and liquified form.
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The India H2 Alliance will work with the government to develop a National Hydrogen Policy and Roadmap 2021-30, create a national H2 taskforce and mission in a public-private partnership format, identify large demonstration-stage hydrogen projects, create a national hydrogen fund, and create hydrogen-linked capacity covering hydrogen production, storage and distribution, industrial use-cases, transport use-cases and standards.
Commenting on the launch of the India H2 Alliance, Jillian Evanko, CEO and president of NYSE-listed Chart Industries and founding member, said, “Proactive industry collaboration with the government is key to creating a hydrogen economy in India. Through India H2 Alliance, we will bring best-in-class hydrogen technology, equipment, and know-how to create a hydrogen supply chain in India, and in many cases, “Make in India”. By prioritizing national hydrogen demonstration projects, innovations to further reduce the cost of hydrogen will become prominent, locally.”
Anurag Pandey, R&D Team Lead, Reliance Industries Limited, said, “India needs to identify and execute large-scale hydrogen demonstration projects if it wants to be part of the global supply chain for hydrogen. Beyond R&D pilots, India needs ‘hydrogen-valley’ style national initiatives across a region like a high-traffic industrial freight corridor, with multiple use-cases. Such hydrogen-related systems projects are strategic for India’s energy transition plans, linking closely with renewables and battery-technology. These require multiple industry players to come together and form consortia to implement such projects. The India H2 Alliance IH2A will take the lead on such initiatives.”
The India H2 Alliance will have a panel of hydrogen experts and an IH2A secretariat to support member companies. Consulting firm FTI Consulting will run the IH2A Secretariat.
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