Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. and Greenstat Hydrogen India Pvt. Ltd. have signed a Memorandum of Intent today (18th February) for establishing Centre of Excellence on Hydrogen. Indian Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan was also present during the signing ceremony.
Greenstat Hydrogen India is a subsidiary of Greenstat Norway- a Norwegian energy company focusing on green hydrogen, solar, wind and zero-emission maritime solutions.
The partnership aims to develop a Centre of Excellence on Hydrogen (CoE-H), including CCUS and fuel cells by IndianOil and Greenstat for clean energy in cooperation with Indo-Norwegian Hydrogen Cluster companies.
The CoE-H will support transfer and sharing of technology, know-how and experience through the green Hydrogen value chain, hydrogen storage and fuel cells. It would also be promoting R&D projects in green and blue hydrogen between Norwegian and Indian R&D institutions and pilot fuel cell research.
The CoE-H will help develop codes and standards for best for the hydrogen and fuel cells industry. It will also assist utilities, regulators, refuelling stations, CCUS technologies etc.
Speaking about hydrogen energy, Minister Pradhan said, “We see hydrogen as the future energy.” He also mentioned the pilot project under which 50 buses in Delhi are running on hydrogen-CNG fuel.
Ambassador of Norway to India Mr Hans Jacob Frydenlund mentioned Norway’s strength and experience in green energy and expressed willingness to work together with India in hydrogen energy.
In November 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the importance of hydrogen in the renewable energy mix which was followed by the launch of the National Hydrogen Energy Mission announced in the budget 2021-22.