India to Organise BRICS Nations’ Green Hydrogen Summit on 22-23 June

India will be hosting a two-day virtual summit of BRICS nations on green hydrogen initiatives on June 22 and 23, 2021.

June 21, 2021. By Manu Tayal

India will be hosting a two-day virtual summit of BRICS nations on green hydrogen initiatives on June 22 and 23, 2021.

The event will provide a platform to member countries to share their respective green hydrogen initiatives and views on how to take it to the next level in their own countries.

The event anchored by state-run NTPC will bring the best brains, policy makers and major stakeholders from the BRICS nations deliberating and discussing at length the future of hydrogen in the energy mix.

Recently, the state-owned firm has floated a global Expression of Interest (EOI) to set up two pilot projects i.e. Standalone Fuel-Cell based backup power system and a standalone fuel-cell based microgrid system with hydrogen production using electrolyser at NTPC premises.

Through these projects, India’s largest integrated power generating company is looking to further strengthen its footprint in green and clean fuel.

“As the world rapidly moves to decarbonise the entire energy system, hydrogen is poised to play a vital role and build on the rapid scale-up of renewable resources across the world. Hydrogen when produced by electrolysis using renewable energy is known as Green Hydrogen which has no carbon footprint. This gives Hydrogen the edge over other fuels to unlock various avenues of green usage,” said NTPC in a statement.

However, challenges lie in terms of technology, efficiency, financial viability and scaling up which the summit will aim to address, it added.

Green hydrogen has innumerable applications. Green Chemicals like ammonia and methanol can directly be utilized in existing applications like fertilizers, mobility, power, chemicals, shipping etc. Green Hydrogen blending up to 10% may be adopted in CGD networks to gain widespread acceptance. 

Further scaling up with greening of hard to abate sectors (like steel and cement) through hydrogen is to be explored. Many countries have brought out their strategies and defined targets and roadmaps based on their resources and strengths.

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