Coal ministry organizes seminar on “Blue Hydrogen-Energy Security & Hydrogen Economy”

Considering the abundance of coal availability in the country, it’s time to act on the diversified use of coal to ensure energy security of the country to support the Government’s decarbonising mission”,  stated  Shri Amrit Lal Meena, while delivering the keynote address on “Blue Hydrogen-Energy Security and Hydrogen Economy” organised by the Ministry.

Shri Amrit Lal Meena said that the session must deliberate on the technologies available for coal to hydrogen, cost competitiveness, global experience and the way forward strategy. He further mentioned that the recommendations of the committee constituted by the Ministry of Coal to identify actionable points for the coal sector to support the Green Hydrogen Mission should be deliberated and the action plan finalised. Shri Meena also advised constituting an Advisory Committee in the Ministry with all experts to deliberate on the subject in a regular manner to promote gasification

Shri Debasish Nanda presented the committee report on the Green Hydrogen Mission offering a comprehensive analysis of the current status, challenges and future prospects of green hydrogen production in the country.

The panel discussion was also chaired by Shri Debasish Nanda and coordinated by Shri Peeyush Kumar. During the presentations and discussions, many new ideas came up for a way-ahead strategy. The session was dedicated to discussing the potential of hydrogen in decarbonizing steel-making processes and shared views on innovative approaches and technologies to reduce carbon emissions in the steel industry contributing to a greener and more sustainable future. The discussion was also on exploring the potential applications of hydrogen in scaling Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) projects.

The program was attended by officials of NITI Aayog, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Fertiliser, Ministry of Steel, Ministry of Heavy Industries, IICT Hyderabad, CSIR besides officials from CIL, CMPDI, WCL, SECL, MCL, EIL, PDIL, BHEL, SCCL, NLCIL, SAIL, RIL, TATA STEEL, JSPL, Dev Energy, CGAI, CAPSEC and PSU watch. Discussion pertaining to the development of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technology, which plays a crucial role in mitigating carbon emissions also held and emphasized the importance of sustainable practices.

The half-day session witnessed fruitful exchanges of ideas and knowledge on future uses of Hydrogen. The Ministry of Coal remains committed to promoting clean and sustainable energy solutions and will continue to facilitate such discussions to drive the nation’s progress toward a hydrogen-based economy.

Engr. Haseeb Ullah

Haseeb covers the global energy market for both conventional and modern energy resources. His expertise is on the global energy supply chain from generation to distribution and end-users. He has a Master degree in Engineering Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
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