The project, being led by India-based NTPC, will use a 5MW Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyser to produce green hydrogen at a Super Thermal Power Station with the plant already identified as a key location for large-scale hydrogen production.

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This project is yet another in the pipeline for India as the nation looks to grasp zero-emission opportunities laid before them with hydrogen key in achieving the regions net zero targets.

The hydrogen being produced at the plant is expected to be converted into green methanol to decarbonise much of the transportation sector.

With green hydrogen demand set to increase to around 16,000 tonnes per annum by 2024, the need to continue developing hydrogen production projects is key for the Indian energy transition.

NTPC itself is taking steps now and has set a 60GW renewable energy capacity target by 2032, which would constitute nearly 50% of its overall power generation capacity.

This renewable energy capacity could be used to produce the cleanest variant of hydrogen – green hydrogen.

Green hydrogen could then be used for a range of applications in India such as in the industrial and mobility sectors, whilst also being capable of being exported to lucrative international markets.

Davendra Kumar, Senior Vice-President India Business Unit at Technip Energies, said, “We are pleased to have been awarded this PEM based hydrogen project by NTPC.

“This award illustrates our commitment to energy transition and our strong project management capabilities in carbon-free energies.

“It is an honour to be part of one of the first ever PEM based hydrogen project in India of this scale in the country, marking a significant step towards decarbonisation of the Indian energy sector.”

NTPC wants to be India’s largest green hydrogen producer

Whilst coal might currently be king in India, there’s a new zero-emission energy source on the horizon for the country: green hydrogen. As the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs) – after China, the world’s largest emitter, and the US – the world is watching to see what happens to India’s energy mix as it will have global repercussions.

Energy is at the heart of India’s development and the country has high aspirations as it strives to create a better life for its population of almost 1.4 billion people, and reach a net-zero emissions energy system by 2050. By 2030, New Delhi research institute TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) says hydrogen can start to compete with fossil fuels in certain industrial applications, if given enough government support.

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