Germany interested in tech transfer to India as it focuses on ‘green hydrogen’

New Delhi (NVI): With Germany adopting an ambitious national hydrogen strategy to enable the decarbonisation of transport and core domestic industries, it has shown interest in technology transfer to India, especially PEM electrolyser technology since it is able to operate in a flexible manner and therefore able to adapt to power input from fluctuating renewable energy sources.

Last month, the German government adopted a national hydrogen strategy with plans to ramp up production capacity to 5 GW by 2030 and 10 GW by 2040.

Through its recent green recovery stimulus package post COVID 19, Germany is investing approximately 9 billion EUR (72000 Crore INR) in its hydrogen industry.

The country is focusing on “green hydrogen” with zero CO2 emissions made out of electricity from additional renewable resources like solar, wind etc, and India can be a major partner as its own focus is on green and clean energy.

Hydrogen is a clean fuel when burned, making it attractive for heavy industry, but most is derived from fossil fuels not renewable energy

According to the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF), Germany is interested in sourcing cost effective hydrogen from all over the world because it is aware of remaining a net importer of energy in the future. “The higher the worldwide push for hydrogen the better for Germany,” it said.

In order for the energy transition to be successful, security of supply, affordability and environmental compatibility need to be combined with innovative and smart climate action, IGEF said.

“This means that the fossil fuels we are currently using need to be replaced by alternative options. This applies in particular to gaseous and liquid energy sources, which will continue to be an integral part of Germany’s energy supply,” it said.

Against this backdrop, hydrogen will play a key role in enhancing and completing the energy transition. Through the National Hydrogen Strategy, the Federal (German) Government is providing a coherent framework for the generation, transport and use of hydrogen, encouraging the relevant innovations and investment.

The Strategy sets out the steps that are needed to meet the German climate targets, create new value chains for the German economy and foster energy policy cooperation at international level, IGEF added.

The Indo-German Energy Forum, since 2006, is promoting cooperation in energy security, energy efficiency, renewable energy, investment in energy projects and fosters relationships between German and Indian governments, institutions and the private sector.

Apart from India, EU to make big push for hydrogen, despite green concerns and infrastructure gaps.

-ARK