Need for Hydrogen in India can Grow 5-Fold by 2050: TERI

Dec 17, 2020 02:13 PM ET
  • A new report by The Energy as well as Resources Institute (TERI) suggests that the demand for hydrogen in India can grow 5-fold by 2050.

The demand for hydrogen in India can expand five-fold by 2050. Additionally, by 2030, the prices of "environment-friendly hydrogen" from renewables will certainly drop greater than 50 percent and begin to compete with hydrogen from nonrenewable fuel sources. These were the findings in the most up to date report published by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

The report, labelled "The Potential Role of Hydrogen in India", was created under TERI's Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) India program. It specifies that hydrogen needs to be targeted in markets where straight electrification is not possible. These are sturdy, long-distance transport markets, some market fields, as well as long-lasting seasonal storage in the power field.

Even more in transport, the report information that, battery electric vehicles (BEV) will become competitive across all segments, with the exception of extremely long-distance, sturdy transport, which could be fuelled by hydrogen. And also in industry, hydrogen can begin to take on fossil fuels in certain applications by 2030. For example, ammonia created from eco-friendly hydrogen will be competitive with the existing incumbent modern technology of ammonia created from fossil fuel-based hydrogen.

Even more in the power market, hydrogen can provide a crucial resource of seasonal storage for variable renewables like solar and wind energy. Large amounts of seasonal storage will certainly come to be needed only when the share of wind and solar in complete generation reaches extremely high degrees (60-80 percent).

The report includes that green hydrogen manufacturing might require around 1000 TWh of renewables-based electricity by 2050, positioning additional pressure on power system decarbonisation.

Dr. Rajiv Kumar, VC-- Niti Aayog, who released the report stated "in Government of India, we see hydrogen as our following big sunup field as well as a change to the hydrogen economic climate as the way onward for India. I, as a result, wish that a few of my positive outlook about the market will dominate in combination with a coordinated policy thrust from us."

He added that improvement in modern technology and also fall in the cost of hydrogen will certainly occur earlier than approximated.

Highlighting the demand to take a look at hydrogen development in India from the perspective of demand, Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI, claimed, "The falling expense of hydrogen will drive its uptake, with initial scale-up being driven by cooperations between modern public as well as private gamers ... India has a possibility to expand an economically competitive reduced carbon hydrogen industry that can spur task growth to decrease power imports, whilst dramatically lowering discharges."