Hardeep S Puri chairs the meeting with stakeholders on Green Hydrogen
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The union ministry of petroleum and natural gas on 4 July held consultations with stakeholders on developing the green hydrogen ecosystem in India.
The meeting was chaired by the union minister of petroleum and natural gas Hardeep Singh Puri.
It was attended by the minister of state for petroleum Rameswar Teli, seniors officials from the ministry and oil & gas PSUs, and other stakeholders.
Puri said that when green hydrogen is promoted, the challenges faced by the fossil fuel industry can be overcome.
He said that this will accelerate India's journey towards energy independence by 2047.
Government is spending ₹12 lakh crores to import energy.
Due to India's favourable geographical conditions and presence of abundant natural elements, green hydrogen production has great potential.
Oil and gas PSUs have taken up several pilot projects in this sector, some of which will start showing results this year itself.
India is capable of creating a $12-13 trillion industry by 2050 and emerging as a major global energy supplier.
What is green hydrogen?
Green hydrogen is hydrogen gas produced by electrolysis of water.
Electrolysis of water is an energy intensive process for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen.
In this method an electric current is used to separate the hydrogen from the oxygen in the water.
If this electricity is obtained from renewable sources, energy will be produced without emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
It is produced by use of coal where the emissions are released to the air.
It is produced from natural gas where the emissions are released to the air.
It is produced from natural gas, in which the emissions are captured using carbon capture and storage.
Capacity of India in renewable energy sector
India currently ranks fourth in renewable energy capacity globally.
India will add 500 GW of non-fossil fuel capacity by 2030.
Presently the renewable energy capacity in India is 136 GW, which is 36% of the total energy capacity in India.
Solar and wind energy are the main sources of renewable energy.
Other alternatives such as biomass energy, methanol-based blending and hydrogen are considered the fuel of the future.
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