The Kerala government has received two lucrative proposals from major companies to establish green hydrogen and green ammonia production facilities, aiming for both export and domestic consumption. The projects, once operational, will be significant contributions to the state’s renewable energy sector.
One of the companies has offered to ship one lakh tonnes of green ammonia to Germany from the Adani port in Vizhinjam. To fulfill the energy requirements of the green ammonia plant round-the-clock, the company has devised an integrated renewable energy project. This pioneering initiative includes a 1,200-MW solar installation coupled with a 1,500 MW/12,000 MWh closed-loop pumped hydro storage facility within the state. This combination will not only power the ammonia plant but also provide flexibility to support the peak hour needs of Kerala’s state power utilities. The Kerala State Electricity Board has shown interest in investing in the pumped-storage power plant to meet state policy guidelines. The green ammonia production facility is expected to have an annual capacity of 2,00,000 tonnes and a proposed investment of Rs 22,061 crore.
The second company has expressed interest in setting up a 252-MW electrolyser plant alongside a green hydrogen and ammonia generation plant. The plan involves phased development with a capital expenditure investment of Rs 8,763 crore. This venture will play a crucial role in strengthening Kerala’s position in the emerging green energy market.
The preliminary identification and analysis of suitable project locations have been completed, setting the stage for the state government to consider these promising proposals. If implemented, these projects have the potential to revolutionize Kerala’s energy landscape and contribute significantly to the global efforts in combating climate change through sustainable and renewable energy production.