MNRE issues guidelines for setting up green hydrogen hubs in India

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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued guidelines for setting up green hydrogen hubs under the National Green Hydrogen Mission. The mission envisages to identify and develop regions capable of supporting large-scale production and/or utilization of hydrogen with central financial assistance (CFA) for developing the core infrastructure.

It is planned to set up at least two such green hydrogen hubs by FY 2025-26 with central financial support of INR 100 crore each for supporting the core infrastructure. The hydrogen hub should have a planned capacity of at least 100,000 mtpa.

A scheme implementing agency nominated by MNRE will invite proposals for the projects. The projects will be evaluated based on the planned production capacity (weightage 50%), technology, applications and end use (weightage 20%), and financial commitment (weightage 30%). Evaluation of proposal on this assessment criteria will be given a weightage of 80% with the balance 20% on the basis of the presentation made before the evaluation committee. The letter of award will be issued to the executing agency upon administrative sanction from MNRE.

The CFA will be disbursed to the winning projects as follows: 20% on the date of issue of administrative approval, 70% based on milestones achieved, and 10% on the completion of construction and commissioning.

The objective of the National Green Hydrogen Mission is to identify and develop regions capable of supporting large-scale production and/or utilisation of hydrogen; develop green hydrogen projects in the hubs in an integrated manner to allow pooling of resources and achievement of scale; enhance the cost-competitiveness of green hydrogen and its derivatives; encourage large-scale utilisation and export of green hydrogen and its derivatives; and enhance the viability of green hydrogen assets across the value chain.

The core infrastructure to be supported includes storage and transportation facilities for green hydrogen and its derivatives, pipeline infrastructure, green hydrogen-powered vehicle re-fuelling facility, hydrogen compression and liquefaction technologies, hydrogen storage systems, water treatment and storage facility, bunkering facilities in case of ports, infrastructure upgradation for shipping, power transmission infrastructure to the nearest existing grid substation, land re-development, energy storage to manage RE intermittency, effluent treatment plants, etc.

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