IESA, Greenstat Partner for Hydrogen Technology Development in India

With an aim to support India’s hydrogen mission, India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) entered into a 2-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Norwegian energy organization, Greenstat Hydrogen India Pvt Ltd (Greenstat).

February 18, 2021. By Manu Tayal

With an aim to support India’s hydrogen mission, India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) entered into a 2-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Norwegian energy organization, Greenstat Hydrogen India Pvt Ltd (Greenstat).

As per the MoU, the two organisations collaborate to setup a Norwegian Centre of Excellence on Hydrogen in India and to support the development of green hydrogen technologies in India.

Greenstat Hydrogen India Pvt Ltd is a Norwegian energy company with a specific focus on green hydrogen, solar, wind, and zero emission maritime solutions.

The move came in the backdrop of the government’s announcement, in the Union Budget 2021, that it plans to launch a National Hydrogen Mission and may come out with a draft mission in the next two months.

Commenting on the partnership, Sturle Pedersen, Chairman of Greenstat Hydrogen India, said that “leading a broad representation of Norwegian cutting-edge expertise within the hydrogen sector, we are thrilled to be a part of this exciting journey together with IESA, the Indian industry, R&D institutes and the Indian government. Hydrogen is already a dominant part of the energy value chain world-wide; the challenge now is to revert the energy ecosystem back into its natural evolution. Renewable energy must replace fossil fuels, to preserve our habitat, and to preserve our mobility. Hydrogen is the natural energy carrier representing a vital part of the sustainable energy solution together with sustainable battery manufacturing. We look forward to learn from our partners and share our knowledge with great gratitude to our partners.”

For the current financial year, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has been allotted Rs 25 crore for research and development (R&D) in hydrogen. Once the draft of the mission is in place, it will be floated for public consultation. There will be five key areas on which the government will focus i.e. R&D, demand creation, how it can be used in industry, to create an eco-system including policies for this and how-to bring industry on board along with international partnerships.

“IESA is happy to partner with Greenstat Hydrogen India to accelerate the adoption of hydrogen technologies in India. For India, Hydrogen presents a potential opportunity to decrease reliance on oil imports and focus on alternate energy sources. In line with the industry needs, IESA launched the MIGHT- (Mobility and Infrastructure with Green Hydrogen Technology) initiative in 2020 for supporting policies to enable use of green hydrogen in both stationery and mobility sector. We anticipate that advanced chemistry cell battery manufacturing mission and hydrogen mission together can enable India to fast-track decarbonization of grid, industrial sector, and transportation sector in coming decade,” said Debi Prasad Dash, Executive Director, IESA.

Earlier in November 2020, policy research think-tank The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) also signed research partnership with Greenstat.

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