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Post at: Aug 13 2021

India’s First Hydrogen Mobility Project

Why in News?

  • On July 13, 2021, NTPC REL signed a MoU with UT of Ladakh Autonomous Hill District Council (LAHDC) to set up India’s first Green Hydrogen Mobility Project.

What is Green Hydrogen?

  • Hydrogen generated entirely from renewable power sources and electrolysis (to split water) is called green hydrogen. The electricity used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen is also obtained from renewable source.
  • It does not have any carbon footprint.

About the Project

  • It was inaugurated in presence of Lt. Governor of Ladakh, R.K. Mathur. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also marked with the inauguration of NTPC’s first solar installations in Leh in the form of solar trees and a solar carport.
  • The project will enable NTPC to help Ladakh develop a carbon-free economy based on renewable sources and green hydrogen.
  • It is in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of a ‘Carbon neutral” Ladakh.
  • With this project, Leh will become the first city in the country to implement a green hydrogen-based mobility project.

  • India Oil Corporation signed an agreement with Greenstate Norway in February 2021 for production of green and blue hydrogen between Norwegian and Indian R&D institutions/Universities.
  • In April 2021, India and the US have agreed to set up a task force under the aegis of the Strategic Clear Energy Partnership (SCEP) to mobilise finance and speed up green energy development.

Advantages of Green Hydrogen

  • It is environment friendly as it does not have any carbon footprint.
  • It can definitely reduce import dependency on fossil fuels.
  • It lead to sustainable development alongwith no energy shortages.
  • It has the potential to decarbonize various sectors such as iron and steel, chemicals and transportation.
  • It can be a better alternative for urban mobility vehicles than electric vehicles because it would not require charging.

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Government’s Initiatives

  • Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman announced the launch of the Hydrogen Energy Mission in the budget speech of 2021-2022. The mission was launched to produce hydrogen from renewable sources.

Way Forward

Renewable energy is the future of the society. It ensures sustainable development in a most promising way. In this respect, the use of hydrogen fuel and especially the green hydrogen is beneficial to the present and upcoming generations. With the passage of time, effort should be made at cost-cutting measures and large-scale production of green hydrogen. The government is already promoting sale of vehicles based on alternative fuels, now it must provide the necessary infrastructure so that people are able to opt for green fuels.

@  Abhay Pandey


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