Tata Steel, along with The British High Commission, has launched a funding call for innovative projects in the low-carbon hydrogen that address the challenges of greening the steel sector in India. It will offer up to £80,000 (INR 83 lakh) to two winning projects and offer experiential engagement to selected entities including priority access to Tata Steel’s integrated steel plant visit.
The challenge is launched under The UK-India Hydrogen Partnerships and builds on the UK-India Hydrogen Hub announced by the UK and Indian Prime Ministers in 2022. It will feature a range of private industry-sponsored pilots to tackle five grand challenges of hydrogen storage, transport, safety, production, and cost.
The proposals bidding for the grant are expected to address two challenges: the development and deployment of hydrogen technologies for greening the industrial sector; and solutions for hydrogen storage/purification.
Minister of State at the UK Department for Science, Innovation, and Technology, George Freeman, said, “Steelmaking is highly energy- and carbon-intensive, and cleaning up the steel industry is a key pillar of reducing global warming. Pairing up the UK’s expertise in low carbon manufacturing technology with the Indian steel industry, by working with progressive manufacturers like Tata Steel, we can unlock the innovations that will deliver the steel sector an environmentally sustainable future.”
Debashish Bhattacharjee, vice president, technology and R&D, Tata Steel, said: “While the current levels of carbon footprint from the steel sector are unsustainable, the available version of clean hydrogen faces numerous challenges like high operational cost and energy loss. We are committed to finding a solution to these challenges and have created a platform like ‘Tata Steel – Sprint to Zero 2023’ to ensure the best minds from academia and industry join hands in this effort.”
The funding call is open for solutions from academia, start-ups, and industries across India and the UK. The projects must be co-led by an Indian or a UK organization with a maximum of three partners per project. The last date for submission of proposals is August 31, 2023, and winners will be announced by October 2023. The projects will commence in November 2023 and will be completed in 9-12 months.
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