Cabinet approves National Green Hydrogen Mission

Source: The post is based on the articleCabinet approves National Green Hydrogen Missionpublished in PIB on 4th January 2023

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The Union Cabinet has approved the National Green Hydrogen Mission.  

What is Green Hydrogen?

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What is the National Green Hydrogen Mission?
National Green Hydrogen Mission
Source: Hindustan Times

Aim: To make India a global hub for the production of green hydrogen.

Implementing Ministry: Ministry of New and Renewable Energy(MNRE) 

Key Components of the mission

Strategic Interventions for Green Hydrogen Transition Programme(SIGHT): Under this, two distinct financial incentive mechanisms – targeting domestic manufacturing of electrolysers and production of Green Hydrogen – will be provided.

Support to pilot projects: The Mission will support pilot projects in emerging end-use sectors and production pathways. 

Research and Development(R&D): A public-private partnership framework for R&D (Strategic Hydrogen Innovation Partnership – SHIP) will be facilitated under the Mission.

Other components: A coordinated skill development programme will be undertaken under the Mission.

– Regions capable of supporting large-scale production and/or utilization of Hydrogen will be identified and developed as Green Hydrogen Hubs.

What are the expected benefits of the National Green Hydrogen Mission?

1) Creation of export opportunities for Green Hydrogen and its derivatives, 2) Decarbonisation of industrial, mobility and energy sectors, 3) reduction in dependence on imported fossil fuels and feedstock, 4) development of indigenous manufacturing capabilities, 5) creation of employment opportunities and 6) development of cutting-edge technologies.  

What are the steps taken by other stakeholders to promote green hydrogen?

Kerala has set up a high-level working group for its own Hydrogen Economy Mission to devise a strategic roadmap, policy formulations, and implementation plans for facilitating investments in green hydrogen and making the state “a green hydrogen hub”.

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd R&D centre, in collaboration with Tata Motor Limited, had earlier carried out trials of hydrogen fuel cell buses. 

US-based Ohmium International has commissioned India’s first green-hydrogen factory in Karnataka.

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