The Indian government has set an ambitious target of achieving 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy by 2022 which includes 100 GW of solar power, 60 GW of wind power, 10 GW of biomass power, and 5 GW of small hydroelectric projects. To achieve this target, the government is investing heavily in renewable energy projects and initiatives across the country and promoting the use of clean technologies like fuel cells and Green Hydrogen is one of them.
Green Hydrogen is a promising sustainable solution for the Indian power distribution grids. It can help create cleaner & more efficient energy. By using Green Hydrogen instead of traditional fossil fuels, power plants can significantly reduce their emissions and impact on the environment. Additionally, Green Hydrogen can help to stabilize the grid by providing a reliable source of energy that is not subject to the fluctuations of renewable resources like solar and wind.
How can Green Hydrogen help the Indian power distribution grids?
India has a vast and complex power distribution system that is ageing, with many parts dating back to the 1950s. The grid is also under immense strain due to the country’s growing population and economy. IEA saw primary energy consumption almost doubling to 1,123 million tonnes of oil equivalent as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expands to USD 8.6 trillion by 2040.
India is already the world’s third-largest producer of renewable energy, however, the country still relies heavily on coal for its electricity needs, and this is unlikely to change in the near future. The current system is outdated and inefficient, leading to huge losses of power and billions of dollars in damage each year. However, to meet this growing demand, the Indian government has been investing more and more heavily in renewable energy as there is a need for a cleaner and more sustainable solution to power the Indian grid.
Green Hydrogen could be the perfect solution. It is a clean-burning fuel & a renewable energy source that can be used in a variety of ways to generate electricity. And because it is produced using renewable resources, it emits no greenhouse gases or other pollutants. It can help improve the efficiency of power distribution grids and make them more sustainable. It can help reduce pollution and save money and positions itself as the perfect sustainable solution for the Indian power distribution grids. Additionally, it is very versatile and can be used in a variety of ways to generate electricity.
One of the main advantages of using Green Hydrogen to generate electricity is that it is a very efficient process. For example, when Green Hydrogen is used in fuel cells, it can produce up to three times more electricity than traditional coal-fired power plants. This makes Green Hydrogen an excellent option for powering large cities and industrial areas.
Another advantage of Green Hydrogen is that it is completely renewable and sustainable. Unlike fossil fuels, which are finite resources that will eventually run out, Green Hydrogen can be produced indefinitely. This makes it an ideal long-term solution for meeting India’s future energy needs.
It is evident that Green Hydrogen can play a major role in sustainable development, and it is the perfect solution for the Indian power distribution grids. It is a much cleaner source of energy than fossil fuels, and it can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Moreover, Green Hydrogen is a renewable resource, which means that it can be produced on an ongoing basis. India has the potential to become a world leader in Green Hydrogen production, and this would bring numerous benefits to the country.
(The author is Mr. Shalin Seth- Founder, Managing Director, Advait Infratech Limited, and the views expressed in this article are his own)