The two companies revealed today (April 26) it will look to develop green ammonia and hydrogen projects that can be utilised to decarbonise local steel and fertiliser industries.
In India, the companies will jointly develop fully integrated renewable power generation and green hydrogen production in the country which will be used to decarbonise steel production.
The ammonia produced from this will also be utilised for exportation across lucrative international markets.
In using hydrogen to replace grey, fossil fuel-based hydrogen, coal, and natural gas as fuel and feedstock will help reduce emissions dramatically and see a new wave of green steel produced.
According to the companies, India currently consumes around 7 million tonnes of grey hydrogen per year which makes the nation one of the largest users of hydrogen in the world.
Replacing this grey hydrogen with green hydrogen could be a huge market opportunity and could stimulate vital growth for the clean energy carrier.
Along with India, Brazil is also a vital area for growth within the green hydrogen economy.
Boasting vast amounts of renewable energy potential, Aker Clean Hydrogen, Statkraft, and Sowitec, is aiming to harness this energy to develop projects that can produce industrial-scale green hydrogen and ammonia.
The state of Bahia has favourable renewable resources from wind and solar and a strong agricultural industry that imports large amounts of grey, fossil fuel-based fertilisers.
Replacing imported grey ammonia with locally produced green ammonia will support the decarbonisation of the local agricultural industry and reduces import dependency, while creating new green industrial opportunities.
The project is scheduled to be in commercial operation by 2027.
Knut Nyborg, CEO of Aker Clean Hydrogen, said, “We are excited to join forces with Statkraft to accelerate the transition from grey to green solutions in India and Brazil.
“The potential environmental benefits from decarbonising hard-to-abate industries like the steel and ammonia industry in India and the fertiliser industry in Brazil are substantial.
“Both India and Brazil are large consumers of hydrogen, have supportive governmental policies and benefit from world-class renewable energy resources, which offers significant opportunities for green hydrogen and ammonia production.”
Jürgen Tzschoppe, Executive Vice-President International Power of Statkraft, said, “With considerable renewable energy production and market activities in India and Brazil, Statkraft is well positioned to capture green hydrogen opportunities in these two huge and important energy markets.
“Developing such opportunities helps us grow our business and reduces greenhouse gas emissions in India and Brazil.”
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