USA-headquartered Ohmium International, which manufactures electrolyzers in India through a subsidiary, has shipped its first unit of electrolyzer from India to the United States. The electrolyzer has been manufactured by Ohmium at its Bengaluru plant, India’s first green hydrogen electrolyzer Gigafactory.
The Ohmium gigafab in Bengaluru manufactures Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology-based electrolyzers to produce green hydrogen. The factory has a capacity of producing about 500 MW of electrolysis equipment per annum, which is eventually planned for expansion to 2 GW per annum.
Currently, most hydrogen in India is produced using natural gas through steam methane (CH4) reforming and used in the refinery and fertilizer industries.
As announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the recent Climate Summit (COP26) in Glasgow, green hydrogen is a key component of India’s goal to achieve net-zero emissions. India aims to alter the present state of play wherein its entire hydrogen production comes from fossil fuels. The government is keen to scale up green hydrogen production within the country and mandate its use in industries like petroleum refineries and fertilizer industries.
“The first shipment of a product is a big moment for any company. This is especially exciting for Ohmium as well as all of our suppliers in India because it proves beyond a doubt that both manufacturing and technology excellence in the field of green hydrogen generation are in India’s wheelhouse. We feel that when we export Ohmium products from India we are pushing the boundaries of the Honorable Prime Minister’s AatmaNirbhar Bharat and National Hydrogen Mission—in a good way—by expanding the global impact of these programs,” said Arne Ballantine, CEO and co-founder, Ohmium.
“We are seeing significant activity in India and around the world in green hydrogen projects. Ohmium is constantly working towards providing innovative, scalable, profitable, flexible, and safe solutions that can be leveraged to achieve competitive levelized costs of hydrogen, supporting the growth of India’s economy. We are confident of Green Hydrogen as the fuel of the future owing to its enormous potential, numerous applications across sectors, and a zero-carbon footprint. Currently, our factory has a manufacturing capacity of approximately ½ GW per year, and we can rapidly expand it to 2 GW per year to facilitate India’s accelerated transition to clean energy systems,” said Ahmad Chatila, Chairman, Ohmium.
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