State-owned IndianOil and Norway’s Greenstat plan to work together on hydrogen energy technologies, including carbon capture, utilisation & storage (CCUS) and fuel cells.
IndianOil and Greenstat Hydrogen India Pvt. Ltd – a subsidiary of Greenstat Norway – have also signed a statement of intent to set up a Centre of Excellence for Hydrogen (CoE-H).
In a statement issued last week, IndianOil said: ‘The CoE-H will facilitate transfer and sharing of technology, know-how and experience through the green hydrogen value chain and other relevant technologies including hydrogen storage and fuel cells. The CoE-H will be a vehicle for promoting R&D projects in green and blue hydrogen between Norwegian and Indian R&D institutions/universities.’
IndianOil added: ‘The CoE will also pilot fuel cell research. The institute will also act as a think-tank towards developing codes and standards for best industrial practices, safety, product protocols and regulations in the area of hydrogen and fuel cells.’
Speaking at the signing ceremony for the statement of intent, India’s Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan said: ‘We see hydrogen as the future energy.’