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Green hydrogen projects on fast track in Gujarat | Ahmedabad News


AHMEDABAD: While India’s green hydrogen ambitions are soaring with the launch of the National Green Hydrogen Mission, with a capital outlay of Rs 19,744 crore by the Centre, Gujarat is leading India’s leap with growing interest and promises of big-ticket investments from several conglomerates.
The state government has already initiated the process of land allocation. A massive 7. 75 lakh acres of land has been earmarked by the state government for green hydrogen projects, pegged to be the largest-ever industrial land bank set aside for allocation in India for green hydrogen manufacturing.
District administrations were already working on fixing land price estimates, however, decisions on allocation for these projects were pending due to the assembly elections, and are now being fast tracked.
While Reliance Industries Limited (4. 74 lakh acres), Adani Group (1. 97 lakh acres) and Torrent Group (1. 04 lakh acres) have already moved proposals for land, more players have expressed interest.
“These three key players have sought land in Kutchand Banaskantha districts. While Reliance and Adani Group have already received in-principle approval from the government, Torrent Group has been asked to seek land elsewhere as the parcel it is eyeing is a forest area,” a top government source confirmed.
Industry sources said Larsen and Toubro Group, NTPC and Reliance are already working on pilot projects to understand various applications of green hydrogen. Recently, Delhi-based Greenzo Energy India announced it will invest $50 million (Rs 414. 5 crore) to manufacture 250MW of anion exchange membrane (AEM) electrolysers per year with balance of plant (BOP) at Sanand Industrial Estate-II near Ahmedabad.
With growing interest from global players, the state government plans to hold stakeholder consultations soon.
Gujarat is gradually becoming a focal point for gre-en hydrogen due to the presence of many refineries, fertilizer, caustic soda and steel plants in the state, industry experts say.
“Demand for green hydrogen is supported by the huge renewable power generation potential as well as excellent road and shipping infrastructure.
“The state government is already considering reserving land parcels for hydrogen projects. However, development of green hydrogen is limited by the high cost of production in comparison to grey hydrogen and other alternative energy sources,” said Vinay Rustagi, managing director, Bridge To India, a renewable energy consulting firm.
“Government interventions to incentivize domestic manufacturing, reduce transmission charges for renewable power and develop storage and transport infrastructure are needed to kickstart this market,” Rustagi further said.





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