The Hydrogen Stream: India issues guidelines for funding of testing facilities under the National Green Hydrogen Mission


The Government of India has come out with guidelines for funding of testing facilities, infrastructure, and institutional support for development of standards and regulatory framework under the National Green Hydrogen Mission. The guidelines have been issued by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE).

The funding scheme will support identification of the gaps in the existing testing facilities for components, technologies, and processes in the value chain of green hydrogen and its derivatives. It will also support creation of new testing facilities and upgradation of existing testing facilities so as to achieve self-sufficiency in the areas of testing & certification for Green Hydrogen value chain.

The scheme will be implemented with a total budgetary outlay of INR 200 crore ($24 million) till the financial year 2025-26.

The National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) will be the scheme implementation agency (SIA). It will issue a Call for Proposals for setting up the testing infrastructure under the scheme through a transparent process. The MNRE will issue administrative sanctions for the projects under the Scheme based on the recommendations of Project Appraisal Committee (PAC). It will release the funds to SIA on the recommendation of the PAC.

China University of Petroleum researchers have analyzed underground hydrogen storage in aquifers, depleted reservoirs, and salt caverns, focusing on hydrogen-microorganism interactions. They said in “Integration of underground green hydrogen storage in hybrid energy generation” that there is a need for geological analysis and hazard mitigation to ensure stable, affordable green hydrogen storage. Underground storage is seen as vital for managing seasonal energy demands, advocating hybrid energy systems to surpass standalone hydrogen storage limits.

Sungrow Hydrogen won the bidding for the “world’s largest green hydrogen, ammonia, and methanol integrated project.” The Chinese company will provide its 1000Nm³/h ALK hydrogen production system to the Songyuan Hydrogen Energy Industrial Park project in Jilin, China. “With $4.1 billion total investment, this project is expected to produce 110,000 tons of green hydrogen, 600,000 tons of green ammonia, and 60,000 tons of green methanol annually in the future,” said Sungrow Hydrogen.

HDF Energy said that the European Commission has approved French financial support for its industrial project in Blanquefort within the framework of the IPCEIs (Important Projects of Common European Interest). “The grant, worth up to 172 million euros, will be dedicated to the development and industrialization of high-power hydrogen fuel cells at HDF Energy’s plant near Bordeaux,” said the manufacturer of fuel cells and developer of large-scale hydrogen infrastructure, adding that the fuel cells will target the heavy maritime and rail mobility sectors, as well as electricity production for public power grids.

Shell Canada said that it has made a final investment decision (FID) for Polaris, a carbon capture project at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park in Scotford, Alberta, Canada. It said the project aims to capture approximately 650,000 tons of CO2 annually from the Scotford refinery and chemicals complex.

Walmart Canada is the first major retailer in Canada to introduce a hydrogen fuel cell electric semi-truck to its fleet. The Nikola Hydrogen Fuel Cell EV Class 8 tractor has a range of about 800 kilometers. “Walmart Canada is also the first retail fleet to operate one of these trucks in North America,” said the US truck company. 


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