Centre to soon bring in norms for promoting green hydrogen
Modi government aims at making India a global hub for hydrogen manufacturing
Rs 19,744-cr National Green Hydrogen Mission announced on Wednesday is expected to attract Rs 8 lakh crore of investment to produce 5 million tonnes of green hydrogen per annum in the next five years
New Delhi: Union New and Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh on Thursday said his ministry will come out with detailed guidelines and standards for making India a global hub for hydrogen manufacturing.
The comment comes a day after the Union Cabinet approved the National Green Hydrogen Mission with an outlay of Rs 19,744 crore. "We will come out with a detailed order after clearance by the Cabinet," Singh said during a media interaction.
The Mission is expected to attract Rs 8 lakh crore of investment to produce 5 million tonnes of green hydrogen per annum in the next five years. The incentives provided under the Mission are aimed at bringing down the cost of green hydrogen. "We have decided that electrolysers can be made in India. So, we have worked out the PLI (production linked incentive) scheme for their domestic manufacturing that will cover manufacture of 15 gigawatts (GW) capacity. But we expect the capacity to be established to be almost in the region of 60 GW (by 2030)," he added.
Singh pointed out that this (60 GW) will be the world's largest electrolyser manufacturing capacity. "We will announce a date up till which domestic industry will be allowed to import electrolysers at lower import duties, let's say by 2025-26. By 2025-26, we expect the domestic manufacturing capacity to come up. Thereafter, heavy import duties will kick-in, and we don't expect anybody to import electrolysers," the minister stated.
The PLI scheme on green hydrogen manufacturing will be available for the first few years till the domestic industry becomes competitive, Singh said. Some countries such as Germany have come out with bids for importing green hydrogen.