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Power Minister RK Singh Inaugurates International Conference on Green Hydrogen

The three-day International Conference on Green Hydrogen (ICGH-2023) is being organised from July 5 to July 7 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. A draft report on the R&D required to support a green hydrogen ecosystem in India was released during the event.

July 06, 2023. By Anurima Mondal

The three-day International Conference on Green Hydrogen (ICGH-2023) was inaugurated by Power Minister RK Singh. With ICGH-2023, the government has brought together stakeholders from India and across the world, in order to establish a green hydrogen ecosystem.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed a message to the conference delegates in which he highlighted the importance of sustainable energy solutions in navigating the challenges posed due to climate change.

The Prime Minister said that India is the only major economy to source 40 percent of our energy from non-fossil fuel sources nine years ahead of the target of 2030. “We have worked to enhance renewable sources of energy such as biofuel, ethanol, biogas, solar and green hydrogen. India has made significant strides in advancing green hydrogen technologies. Our National Green Hydrogen Mission provides roadmap for promoting research, development and deployment of green hydrogen across various domains. International collaboration is crucial in realizing our vision of a green and clean planet, and the ICGH 2023 provides a platform for fostering such partnerships. The deliberations will enhance engagement and exchange of ideas. May the conference succeed in aiding the creation of a flourishing green hydrogen ecosystem for the larger benefit of humanity.”

Meanwhile, Power Minister RK Singh, in his address, said that there is now a global consensus that we need to make a transition to renewable energy. "India is one of the lowest carbon emitters in the world, our per capita emissions are about one third of global average. This stems out of our culture which emphasises simplicity, this culture is reflected in Mission LiFE as espoused by the Prime Minister.” He said that India has over-delivered on its Nationally Determined Contributions target, having achieved 40 percent of non-fossil electricity target in 2021, 9 years before the target of 2030.

The Minister further informed that under the National Green Hydrogen Mission, projects have been commenced for setting up 3.5 million tons of green hydrogen manufacturing capacity already. “We are able to do this because we have built up a huge robust ecosystem for renewables, we have now industries which are world leaders in solar and wind energy ecosystems. We have almost 25,000 MW of solar manufacturing capacity and another 40 GW – 50 GW under construction. We are going to emerge as the largest manufacturer of solar cells and modules outside of China.”

He added that India’s cost of green hydrogen will be the lowest in the world, since the cost of setting up renewable energy capacity in India is the lowest in the world.

Union Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas Rameswar Teli said that as per the International Energy Agency, the world demand for hydrogen is expected to grow by 600 percent by the year 2050. He noted that India is one of the biggest consumers of green hydrogen in the world, with a demand of 6 million tons per annum. 

Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood informed that an advisory committee set up under National Green Hydrogen Mission has prepared a draft report on the R&D required to support a green hydrogen ecosystem in India.
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