Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday formally announced the launch of a National Hydrogen Mission to accelerate plans to generate the carbon-free fuel from renewables as he set a target of 2047 for India to achieve self-reliance in energy.
Delivering his Independence Day address he said, “For India to progress, for Atmanirbhar Bharat, energy independence is necessary. India has to take a pledge that it will be energy independent by the year we celebrate 100th year of Independence.”
The country has achieved the target of 100 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity ahead of the target. “I announce National Hydrogen Mission” he added.
India can achieve self-reliance in energy through a mix of a gas-based economy, doping sugarcane extracted ethanol in petrol and electric mobility.
India spends over Rs 12 lakh crore on energy imports every year, Mody said.
India is 85 % dependent on imports for meeting its oil needs, overseas supplies make up for roughly half of the local requirement for natural gas.
He furter said, the roadmap for that is to increase usage of natural gas in the economy, setting up a network for supply of CNG and piped natural gas across the country, blending 20 per cent ethanol in petrol and electric mobility.
The target is to make India a global hub for production as well as export of green hydrogen. “Green hydrogen will give India a quantum jump in achieving its targets,” he asserted.
The National Hydrogen Mission was first announced in the Union Budget for 2021-22 in February this year.