India May Kick Start Hydrogen Ecosystem Development: Dharmendra Pradhan

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Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that India is looking towards kick-starting the hydrogen ecosystem development.

Addressing a function on Hydrogen Economy, New Delhi Dialogue – 2021, Mr Pradhan said that the government has taken various initiatives with respect to the greater use of hydrogen in India’s energy mix. He said it had recently announced the National Hydrogen Mission in the Union Budget 2021 for making a hydrogen roadmap for the country. The Minister said, through technological advancements, India is blending hydrogen with compressed natural gas for use as transportation fuel as well as an industrial input to refineries. He said, 50 buses in Delhi are plying on blended hydrogen in Compressed Natural Gas on a pilot basis. Mr Pradhan added that the government is planning to scale it up in the coming months across the major cities of the country.

“We are working on a pilot project on Blue Hydrogen, Hydrogen CNG (H-CNG) and Green Hydrogen. Through technological advancements, we are blending hydrogen with compressed natural gas for use as a transportation fuel as well as an industrial input to refineries. 50 buses in Delhi are plying on blended hydrogen in Compressed Natural Gas on a pilot basis. We plan to scale it up in the coming months across the major cities of India.” he adeed.

The Minister announced that India, with its steadfast efforts towards leading the energy transition, backed by robust political will, is committed to engage with partners for ushering-in the hydrogen economy.

The minister said that Energy is integral to support our fast-growing economy, and we are developing an energy sector which will be growth-centric, industry-friendly and environment-conscious. He said that we have the onerous task of ensuring energy justice and ending energy poverty in the country. This requires ample access to affordable energy to improve the lives of Indians coupled with the need to have a smaller carbon footprint.

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