Gujarat has initiated the much-anticipated Hydrogen Valley Project with the aim of developing a localized hydrogen value chain that serves more than one end sector or application in mobility, industry, and energy. The first stakeholder consultation meeting was held on 21st April 2023, jointly organized by iCreate in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, and the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India. The meeting discussed the guidelines for setting up Hydrogen Valley Innovation clusters and the role of research and innovation in accelerating the Hydrogen Economy.
The project is a part of India’s efforts to develop clean Hydrogen Valleys by 2030 and reduce the Emissions Intensity of its GDP by 45% by 2030. The Hydrogen Valley Innovation Cluster in Gujarat will be a part of India’s efforts to develop clean Hydrogen Valleys by 2030. The project will promote research on novel hydrogen technologies while building capacity and capability for its production, distribution, and use cases in a timely and cost-effective manner. Regular consultation meetings have been planned to evaluate and swiftly leverage opportunities while taking advantage of common strengths.
The Hydrogen Valley Innovation Cluster in Gujarat has attracted participation from various companies, state PSUs, and R&D institutions. The project is expected to create abundant opportunities for stakeholders, particularly in the MSME sector, and generate new job prospects in the near future. The project aims to unlock the cost-competitiveness of all hydrogen applications through breakthrough technology innovations coupled with their widespread adoption to ensure commercial viability and competitive end-use applications.
The Hydrogen Valley Project is significant in fulfilling the increasing energy demands while also achieving decarbonization across sectors, ensuring energy security, and supporting sustainable growth. The project has immense potential to power the future of India’s growth and needs while significantly contributing to global climate action goals. It is a common interest of all stakeholders to share their expertise to make India’s Hydrogen Valleys a success. The outcome of the meeting would be the submission of an Expression of Interest to the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India for the Preparation of a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for setting up the Hydrogen Valley Innovation Cluster (HVIC) in Gujarat.