Tackling Climate Change: Innovations in Green Hydrogen
The Sixth Assessment Report released by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on ‘Climate Change (IPCC)’ serves as another stark reminder of the immense challenges that climate change poses to our future. With extreme weather events prevalent and changing weather patterns threatening critical supply chains, the need for action on this matter has never been clearer.
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing the National Hydrogen Mission, which puts ‘green hydrogen’ at the heart of India’s energy security as well as climate action, India is already harnessing clean energy. Green hydrogen, unlike blue hydrogen, is sourced from renewable energy, providing a foundational basis for transitioning towards cleaner energy.
“Green hydrogen will give India a quantum jump in achieving its climate targets," PM Modi said, unveiling his vision of turning India into a global green hydrogen production and export hub. He emphasised the need for a quicker transition to new-age fuels to reduce the country’s dependence on energy imports worth INR 12 lakh crore annually or five times the current health budget.
There have been several efforts among PSUs and enterprises to invest in and develop green hydrogen plants. The AGNIi Mission has also worked directly with innovators in this space who have come up with incredible solutions to producing green hydrogen, such as:
- Ossus Biorenewables are the developers of the OB Hydracell, which is designed to extract green hydrogen from wastewater treatment. It relies on localized power to be self-sufficient, minimizes its footprint as it is designed to resemble the pipelines on-site, has a retrofittable design to ensure it doesn’t take up additional space or cause pressure drops, and minimizes downtime as the system attaches directly at effluent pipeline and acts as a bypass to effluent flow. The technology has been recognised by India Energy Forum, CII, and iDEX. They have recently started a paid pilot with Shell India.
- Biezel Green Energy uses their trademark Thermally Accelerated Digestion (TAD) process to cost-effectively produce biofuels, including hydrogen, from biomass. This has made them a particularly high-yield producer of green hydrogen on a commercial scale. Their plant in Mirzapur can generate green hydrogen from crop residue every 36 hours.
As India rallies behind green hydrogen to shore up her clean energy reserves, the AGNIi Mission is committed to accelerating and supporting innovations that will help produce green hydrogen efficiently, reliably, and sustainably.