Minister of Energy RK Singh, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld
In a phone conversation last night, Singh also informed Kerry that India will be launching a tender for green hydrogen over the next 3-4 months to encourage sustainable use of hydrogen as a fuel. , according to a press release from the Ministry of Energy.
India is considering bids for 4,000 MW of electrolyzer capacity, he said.
According to the statement, Kerry praised India for its achievements in the field of renewable energy reaching 146 GW of renewable energy with 63 GW under construction and 25 GW under tender.
Union Minister RK Singh informed Mr. Kerry of India’s plan to become a world leader in green hydrogen. India proposes to make the use of green hydrogen compulsory in fertilizers and in refining. This is part of the government’s commitment to replace gray hydrogen with green hydrogen, “the statement said.
Singh stressed to the US presidential envoy that Prime Minister Narendra Modi attaches the utmost importance to the environment.
He suggested to him that India and the United States could work together in the areas of innovations for energy and technology, stressing the requirement to lower the cost of storing renewable energy.
The Minister briefed Kerry on the country’s recent milestone in crossing 100 GW of installed solar and wind capacity.
“If we also add hydropower capacity, the total installed renewable capacity is 147 GW. In addition, 63 GW of renewable capacity is under construction, making India one of the fastest growing in terms of adding renewable capacity, ”he said.
Singh also informed Kerry that the National Hydrogen Energy Mission has been launched to enable the production of green hydrogen at a competitive price. He added that India would launch green hydrogen tenders over the next 3-4 months to pave the way for the viable use of hydrogen as a fuel.
Other countries need to develop more electrolyser facilities to reduce costs.
It has been suggested that India and the United States should work on setting up an alternative supply chain for lithium to secure the raw materials for battery energy storage.