The Hydrogen Stream: India issues guidelines for second round of green hydrogen incentives

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India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released guidelines for the second round of incentives for green hydrogen production under the Strategic Interventions for Green Hydrogen Transition (SIGHT) Programme.

Under this round, the total green hydrogen capacity available for bidding is 450,000 metric tonnes per annum (tpa), with 410,000 tpa reserved for technology agnostic pathways (bucket-I) and 40,000 tpa for biomass-based pathways (bucket-II).

Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI) is the implementing agency for this tranche as well. The Request for Selection (RfS) shall be issued by SECI shortly.

The bidding will be based on the least average incentive quoted by the bidder over a three-year period.

The minimum bid for production based on technology-agnostic pathways is 10,000 tpa, while the maximum bid is 90,000 tpa. The minimum bid capacity for biomass-based pathways is 500 tpa and the maximum capacity is 4,000 tpa. A bidder can bid in any or both buckets. The maximum capacity which a single bidder can be allotted in this tranche is 90,000 TPA.

The National Green Hydrogen Mission was launched on Jan. 4 2023, with an outlay of INR 19,744 crores up to FY 2029-30. The Mission aims at significant decarbonisation of the economy, reduced dependence on fossil fuel imports, and enabling India to assume technology and market leadership in Green Hydrogen.

ERM has launched offshore trials to test critical elements of its Dolphyn Hydrogen process. “Following six years of development, the trials are being conducted in a floating marine environment in Pembroke Port, South Wales,” said the sustainability consultancy. The Dolphyn Hydrogen process combines electrolysis, desalination, and hydrogen production on a floating wind platform. The system transports the hydrogen to shore via pipeline. It does not require an electrical connection.

SoCalGas and Evoloh have completed a joint research project that reportedly resulted in enhancements to the current electrolyzer manufacturing process and anion exchange membrane (AEM) electrolyzer technology. “Overall, the enhancements achieved in the project could reduce the capital costs of the electrolyzer technology by approximately 25% and could help make the cost of clean renewable hydrogen more affordable,” said the two US-based companies.

Lhyfe and industrial combustion company Fives have agreed to provide a decarbonized industry offer, from hydrogen production to combustion. “This offer speeds up energy transition by facilitating the use of hydrogen in process industries without needing to modify all the equipment,” said Lhyfe. The French hydrogen company added that it will produce and supply green hydrogen, with Fives providing optimized and safe solutions for use in industrial combustion processes.

Snam said it has launched its first trial in Italy testing hydrogen in steel processing at a steel plant with TenarisDalmine and Tenova. “The collaboration, starting with a six-month period, aims to assess hydrogen’s performance and reliability in decarbonizing hard-to-abate sectors, including steel,” explained the Milan-based energy infrastructure operator.

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