India Connect Program on Green Hydrogen (2021-22)

The government of India announced in the Union Budget 2021, its plan to launch a National Hydrogen Mission and may come out with a draft mission in the coming months. For the current financial year, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has been allotted Rs 25 crore for research and development (R&D) in hydrogen. Once the draft of the mission is in place, it will be floated for public consultation.

There will be five key areas the government will focus on which includes R&D, demand creation, how it can be used in industry, how to create an eco-system including policies for this and how-to bring industry on board along with international partnerships. In these five areas, demand creation will focus on what kind of niche products can be taken up and how effectively the fuel can be used in trucks and buses. In the industrial sector, the government is looking at hydrogen as a replacement for coke in the steel industry and making use of the fuel in the fertilizer sector. MNRE has indicated that by 2025-26, the industrial sector will be one of the major recipients of hydrogen.

For India, Hydrogen presents a potential opportunity to decrease reliance on oil imports and focus on alternate energy sources. India’s Union Budget for 2021-22 has announced a National Hydrogen Energy Mission (NHM) that will draw up a road map for using hydrogen as an energy source. IESA anticipates hydrogen mission can enable India to fast-track decarbonisation of the grid, industrial sector, and transportation sector in the coming decade. India presents a significant opportunity for Norwegian companies in Green hydrogen space. 

This program will facilitate business connect between Norwegian companies and leading Indian companies in the field of green Hydrogen technologies and helping the Norwegian companies to understand India market opportunities including business and projects.




Welcome Address

H. E. Hans Jacob Frydenlund, Ambassador of Norway in India

5 minutes


Arne Jan Flølo, Consul General-Mumbai

5 minutes

Update on Norwegian hydrogen activities in India and future plans

Cristian Valdes Carter, Director, Innovation Norway India

15 minutes

Keynote Speaker

NITI Aayayog/ DST/ MNRE*

15 minutes

Theme Talk – India Market  and project Opportunities on Green Hydrogen

Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, President, Indian Energy Storage Alliance, MD, CES (India)

20 minutes

Industry Talk : India Opportunities on Green Hydrogen

·       Sanghamitra B. Jayant, Sr. Manager, Corporate Strategic Management, BHEL

·       Akshay Bhardwaj, General Manager – Green Hydrogen, ACME Cleantech Solutions Pvt Ltd

·       NTPC/H2E Power*

40 minutes

Closing Remarks and Discussion


20 minutes


Key Discussion Points:
  • Norway – Leading countries to offer green hydrogen technologies
  • Norway’s position now. Norway’s stronghold.
  • Norway´s opportunities to capitalize on its strong relation between the industries, government and R&D.
  • International Collaboration & Partnerships
  • Business & project opportunities
Confirmed Participants from organisations like Bhabha Atomic Research Center  (BARC), HPCL, BRPL, Oil India, L&T, NTPC, Renew Power, OPG Power, SECI, National Geophysical Research Institute, Central Electricity Authority, SJVN, Toyo Engineering India., Thermax, UNIDO, Toyota Kirloskar, Jakson, CLP, NLC, World Bank, Ador Powertron, Bosch, Reliance, Nava Power, Welspun Corp, Vena Energy,  PRESPL, Soft Bank Energy, Vizhinjam International Seaport Limited (VISL), TOYOTA TSUSHO INDIA PVT LTD, Apraava Energy, Hero Future Energies and others.
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