Indian Oil, Greenstat Sign Statement of Intent to Setup Centre of Excellence for Hydrogen

In-line with the government’s plan of setting up of National Hydrogen Mission, Petroleum major Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (Indian Oil) and Greenstat Hydrogen India Pvt. Ltd, an arm of Greenstat Norway, signed the Statement of Intent for setting up of Centre of Excellence on Hydrogen.

February 19, 2021. By Manu Tayal

In-line with the government’s plan of setting up of National Hydrogen Mission, Petroleum major Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (Indian Oil) and Greenstat Hydrogen India Pvt. Ltd, an arm of Greenstat Norway, signed the Statement of Intent for setting up of Centre of Excellence on Hydrogen.

The partnership aimed to develop a Center of Excellence on Hydrogen (CoE-H) including CCUS and Fuel Cells by the two organisations for clean energy in cooperation with Indo-Norwegian Hydrogen Cluster companies and organizations.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

This CoE-H will further facilitate the transfer and sharing of technology, know-how and experience through the green Hydrogen value chain and other relevant technologies including hydrogen storage and fuel cells.

The CoE-H will be a vehicle for promoting R&D projects in Green and Blue Hydrogen between Norwegian and Indian R&D institutions and universities. Working closely with Industry and Governments on both sides, CoE-H will be levering its intellectual strengths in developing cost-efficient and scalable and sustainable technological solutions. The CoE will also pilot fuel cell research.

The institute will also act as a think-tank towards developing codes and standards for best industrial practices, safety, product protocols and regulations in the area of hydrogen and fuel cells.

Moreover, this partnership will actively assist partners and stakeholders to develop business models based upon feasibility studies besides facilitating consultancies to industry, utilities and regulators on hydrogen storage, hydrogen production, refueling stations, fuel cells and CCUS technologies.

Speaking about hydrogen energy, Minister Pradhan said, “we see hydrogen as the future energy.” He also expressed happiness at the encouraging results being shown by the pilot project under which 50 buses in Delhi are running on hydrogen-CNG fuel.

Ambassador of Norway to India Hans Jacob Frydenlund while speaking on the occasion said that in the efforts to combat global climate change, use of green and renewable energy is paramount. He talked about Norway's strength and experience in green energy and expressed willingness to work together with India in the area of hydrogen energy. He also expressed happiness at the signing of statement of intent.

A pilot project for blending hydrogen with compressed natural gas for use as transportation fuel has been running at Rajghat Bus depot in Delhi. Under this pilot, 50 buses in Delhi have been plying on blended Hydrogen in Compressed Natural Gas and results have been extremely encouraging.

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