JSW Steel, CSIR-NCL, Scotland join India hydrogen alliance


India H2 Alliance (IH2A) has expanded its membership with the inclusion of JSW Steel, government agencies CSIR-National Chemicals Laboratory (CSIR-NCL) and Scottish Development International, and national sustainability think tanks TERI, CEEW and WRI India. All members and partner organizations of IH2A would work closely with the government of India to build the hydrogen economy and supply chain in India.

The new member and partner organizations will work closely with IH2A Steering group Co-Leads, NYSE-listed hydrogen solutions provider Chart Industries and India’s Reliance Industries Limited (RIL).

The alliance is committed to help develop hydrogen production and storage, industrial and transport use-cases.

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JSW Steel joins the IH2A energy transition coalition as the Steel and Cement Work Group lead. Its inclusion in IH2A is significant as Steel and Cement have been identified as priority industrial sectors for decarbonization, where hydrogen may be adopted early on. 

Prabodha Acharya, Chief Sustainability Officer, JSW Steel, said, “JSW Group is uniquely placed to lead on green hydrogen topic as we have significant interests in steel, cement, and renewable energy. As the IH2A Work Group Lead for Steel and Cement, we will bring other industry majors and the government together to build consensus for a common path towards hydrogen commercialization in the steel and cement sectors. Green steel as hydrogen product exports can be a national strategy for taking leadership in the global hydrogen value chain by embedding hydrogen in the industrial supply chain. This is a leadership opportunity.”

Scotland is set to become a leading hydrogen nation, aiming to generate 5GW of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen by 2030 – enough to power the equivalent of 1.8 million homes.

Scottish Development International (SDI), the international arm of the Scottish Government, brings significant expertise from large-scale hydrogen demonstration projects at Aberdeen, Fife, Orkney, and the Western Isles in Scotland, which could be leveraged by India for hydrogen policy design and project development.

“A Clean Energy partnership between India and Scotland with a focus on green hydrogen, both at a G2G and a B2B level, can create new hydrogen champions, new energy jobs, and economic growth in both regions,” said David Rennie, Global Head of Energy, Scottish Development International (SDI). 

CSIR-NCL is a premier governmental research agency in India focused on R&D in chemical and allied sciences and engineering, emphasizing clean energy, climate change, and sustainability.

Ashish Lele, Director, CSIR-NCL, said, “Public-private partnerships and active collaboration across the hydrogen value chain are critical for the development of a domestic hydrogen supply chain. The government has invested significantly into hydrogen research and development in the past decade. The time is ripe for taking the next step towards setting up large-scale demonstration projects and taking a multi-sectoral approach for different use-cases. 

“We look forward to collaborating actively with the private sector and help put India on the global hydrogen map.”

The India H2 Alliance is an industry coalition of global and Indian companies committed to creating a hydrogen value chain and economy in India. It intends to collaborate with private sector partners, the government, and the public to ensure that costs of hydrogen production are brought down, a local supply chain for hydrogen and related applications grows, and India is able to achieve its net-zero carbon ambitions by developing a hydrogen economy that complements its national renewable energy and EV/battery-technology plans. 


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