Uttar Pradesh is poised to become a frontrunner in the green hydrogen market, targeting to achieve a goal of 1 million tonne per annum (mtpa) production capacity, said Anupam Shukla, Director of Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA), according to News18.
In an interview with News18, he Shukla highlighted the state’s readiness with the Green Hydrogen Policy 2023, emphasizing its pivotal role in the pursuit of the stated production goal. UPNEDA, responsible for implementing various renewable energy policies, is also set to establish two centers of excellence dedicated to research and innovation in green hydrogen.
Explaining the significance of green hydrogen, Shukla noted its role in limiting global warming, reducing dependence on fossil fuels by replacing grey hydrogen, and enabling diverse end-uses in specific economic sectors. The production of green hydrogen involves electrolysis of water using renewable energy or using banked renewable energy. Additionally, biomass-based hydrogen, produced through the pyrolysis of biogas or other biomass products, is considered within the green hydrogen classification.
To support green hydrogen production and the sector’s growth, UPNEDA has drafted the Uttar Pradesh Green Hydrogen Policy 2023, which is likely to get the government’s nod soon. Shukla outlined the ambitious goal of generating 1 million tonnes per annum of green hydrogen, aiming to create 120,000 jobs. Notably, the UP government received investment proposals worth Rs 2.73 trillion for green hydrogen plants during the Global Investor Summit (GIS) 2023, with efforts underway to implement nine projects with a combined capacity of approximately 12,000 MW.