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By admin: Feb. 4, 2023

1. PM Modi to launch key green energy initiatives at India Energy Week

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PM Modi to launch key green energy initiatives at India Energy Week

Key energy initiatives will be unveiled by PM Modi during India Energy Week which will be held in Bengaluru from February 6 to 8.

An overview of the news

  • It will witness the participation of over 600 exhibitors from across the globe, over 34 ministers and several CEOs from top energy companies.

  • He will dedicate the HAL helicopter factory at Tumakuru to the nation and also lay the foundation stone for various development initiatives.

  • China, America, Russia, Brazil and many other countries will participate in this important event.

  • This is the first time that India is hosting such an event with a record number of CEOs from top energy companies.

  • According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), India will account for 25 percent of global energy demand by 2040.

Blending of ethanol in fuel

  • An important initiative to be launched during the India Energy Week will be to increase blending of ethanol in the fuel.

  • PM Modi is expected to launch the E20 initiative at the upcoming event.

  • Under the E20 programme, India aims to increase the percentage of blending of ethanol in fuel to 20 per cent by 2025, as against the earlier target of 2030.

  • In the initial phase, the program will cover 13 states and 100 petrol pumps.

  • India has saved Rs 40 lakh crore on fuel by blending 10% ethanol and farmers have got economic benefits for producing ethanol.

  • This initiative has environmental and economic benefits.

  • Ethanol blending will play an important role in reducing fuel imports and help the country move towards clean energy.

India Energy Week 2023

  • It is expected to feature more than 30 energy Ministers, 50 CEOs and 10000+ delegates. 

  • This will provide a unique opportunity to showcase India as an engine of global economic growth and a driver of global consumption.

  • It will provide an unprecedented opportunity for regional, international leaders and CEOs to come together for strategic policy making and technical knowledge sharing.

  • During the 19 strategic conference sessions, a wide spectrum of issues covering the entire energy sector will be discussed.

  • It covers themes such as Energy Security, pathways for decarbonization, Resilient Energy Supply Chains, Emerging Fuels such as Biofuel and Hydrogen, Investments in Upstream and Midstream Sector etc.


By admin: Jan. 4, 2023

2. Union Government approves the National Green Hydrogen Mission

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Union Government approves the National Green Hydrogen Mission

The Union Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 4 January 2023 approved the National Green Hydrogen Policy which aims to make India a Global Hub for the production, utilisation and export of Green Hydrogen and its derivatives.

Green Hydrogen refers to the breaking down of the water molecule into hydrogen and oxygen using renewable sources of energy.

Outlay for the Scheme  

The initial outlay for the Mission is Rs.19, 744 crore, including an outlay of Rs.17, 490 crore for the Strategic Interventions for Green Hydrogen Transition Programme (SIGHT), Rs.1, 466 crore for pilot projects, Rs.400 crore for Research and Development, and Rs. 388 crore towards other Mission components. 

Main Objective of the National Green Hydrogen Mission

  • The aim of the National Hydrogen Mission is to enable India to meet its climate change target of net zero carbon emission by 2070 and make India a production and export hub of hydrogen fuel. 
  • Achieve the capacity to produce 5 million tonnes of green hydrogen per year by 2030  ,
  • Capacity addition of 125 GW of renewable energy by 2030.
  • Reduction in carbon dioxide emission of nearly 50 Million Metric Tonne per annum by 2030.
  • Reduction in fossil fuel imports worth Rs 1 lakh crore by 2030.
  • To attract investment over Rs.8 lakh crore in the sector.
  • Target of creation of over 6 lakh jobs in the sector by 2030.


By admin: Dec. 17, 2022

3. India Energy Week 2023 to be held in Bengaluru

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India Energy Week 2023 to be held in Bengaluru

India Energy Week 2023 (IEW 2023), being organised during India's G20 Presidency, will be held in Bengaluru between February 6 and 8, 2023. 

Important facts

  • Hardeep S Puri, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Housing and Urban Affairs, inaugurated the curtain raiser.

  • Basavaraj Bommai, Chief Minister of Karnataka was the Chief Guest for the occasion.

  • The Curtain Raiser marks the beginning of number of preparatory events being hosted in the run up to the India Energy Week 2023.

  • Major events include "Dancing Charged Electric Vehicles" on 23rd December 2022 at New Delhi's Kartavya Path, "Car Rally of Sustainable Fuel Vehicles" from New Delhi to Manesar on 8th January 2023.

India Energy Week 2023

  • It is expected to feature more than 30 energy Ministers, 50 CEOs and 10000+ delegates. 

  • This will provide a unique opportunity to showcase India as an engine of global economic growth and a driver of global consumption.

  • It will provide an unprecedented opportunity for regional, international leaders and CEOs to come together for strategic policy making and technical knowledge sharing.

  • During the 19 strategic conference sessions, a wide spectrum of issues covering the entire energy sector will be discussed.

  • It covers themes such as Energy Security, pathways for decarbonization, Resilient Energy Supply Chains, Emerging Fuels such as Biofuel and Hydrogen, Investments in Upstream and Midstream Sector etc.


By admin: Oct. 18, 2022

4. India and France adopts a joint roadmap on Hydrogen partnership

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The visiting French Minister of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships Chrysoula Zacharopoulou and Union Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh adopted the “Indo-French Roadmap on the Development of Green Hydrogen" on 18 October 2022, in a meeting in New Delhi.

The French embassy said the roadmap aims at bringing the French and Indian hydrogen ecosystems together in order to establish a reliable and sustainable value chain for decarbonised hydrogen.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the French President Emmanuel Macron in a meeting on 4 May, gave a clear mandate to foster bilateral cooperation on hydrogen. This agreement is a step in that direction.


By admin: Feb. 18, 2022

5. India to produce 5 million tonnes of green hydrogen by 2030

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The Union Power Ministry has notified its green hydrogen/green ammonia policy on 17 February 2022. It puts into reality the National Hydrogen Mission announced by the Prime Minister in the 15 August 2021  speech. 

The aim of the National Hydrogen Mission  is to meet its climate change target of  net zero carbon emission by 2070 and make India a production and export hub of hydrogen fuel.  

The main highlights of the green hydrogen/green ammonia policy: 

  • The policy has set a target to produce 5 million tonnes of green hydrogen by 2030. 

  • Separate manufacturing zones will be set up  for manufacturing of green hydrogen /green ammonia. 

  • The government would allow free power transmission to renewable energy units set up by green-hydrogen producers and power banking facilities for 30 days.

  • There will be charges for inter-state transmission for a period of 25 years if the manufacture of green hydrogen and green ammonia is started before 30th June 2025.

In order to deal with the challenge of global warming and climate change countries around the world are promoting hydrogen as an alternative fuel. In India many companies have projects to produce green hydrogen. 

  • Indian Oil Corporation plans to build the country’s first green-hydrogen plant at its Mathura refinery.

  • NTPC will set up the country's first green hydrogen microgrid project at its Simhadri plant in Andhra Pradesh.

Concept clearing 

Green Hydrogen, Brown Hydrogen, Blue Hydrogen:  

Hydrogen is the first and the smallest element in the periodic table.

Depending upon the production method the colour of the hydrogen can be Green, Brown, Blue or Grey.    

Green Hydrogen 

It refers to the breaking down of the water molecule into hydrogen and oxygen using renewable sources of energy. Renewable source of energy means which can be used again and again like solar power, hydel, wind energy etc. It contains no carbon which is responsible for global warming.

Grey  Hydrogen 

Grey hydrogen is created from natural gas, or methane, using steam methane reformation. It produces Hydrogen and Carbon dioxide which is released in the atmosphere.

Blue Hydrogen 

Blue hydrogen is produced mainly from natural gas, using a process called steam reforming, which brings together natural gas and heated water in the form of steam.  It produces hydrogen and carbon dioxide.  

Black and Brown Hydrogen 

When black coal or lignite (brown coal) is used in the hydrogen-making process it is called as black or brown coal.