Government To Fund Testing Facilities for Green Hydrogen Technologies

The Indian government has announced a ₹200 crore scheme to support the development of testing facilities and infrastructure for green hydrogen technologies. This initiative falls under the National Green Hydrogen Mission (NGHM) and aims to accelerate the growth of this clean energy source.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued “Scheme Guidelines for funding of testing facilities, infrastructure, and institutional support for development of Standards and Regulatory framework under the National Green Hydrogen Mission. These guidelines were issued on July 4, 2024.

Key Objectives of the Initiative
  1. Identify gaps in existing testing capabilities for green hydrogen components and processes.
  2. Establish new testing facilities to validate and certify green hydrogen technologies.
  3. Upgrade existing testing infrastructure at various agencies.
  4. Ensure safe operations of equipment used in the green hydrogen value chain.
  5. Encourage private and government collaboration to build world-class testing facilities in India.

Implementation of the Scheme

The scheme will be implemented over a three-year period (2024-26) with detailed guidelines outlined in an annexed document.

The National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) will act as the implementing agency.

NISE will identify areas needing testing infrastructure development and issue calls for proposals for establishing new facilities.

Projects must be completed within 18 months (new facilities) or 12 months (upgrades) from approval by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

This scheme seeks to foster a robust green hydrogen ecosystem in India. By strengthening testing infrastructure, India can ensure the safe and efficient deployment of this clean energy technology.