Context: Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has notified the Green Hydrogen Standard which outlines the emission thresholds that must be met for hydrogen produced to be classified as ‘Green’, i.e., from renewable sources. This move is expected to bring a clarity to Green Hydrogen community in India and contribute to the progress of National Green Hydrogen Mission. India has become one of the first few countries in the world to announce a definition of Green Hydrogen.
Green Hydrogen Standard
- Green Hydrogen shall mean Hydrogen produced using renewable energy, including production through electrolysis or conversion of biomass. Renewable energy also includes such electricity generated from renewable sources which is stored in an energy storage system or banked with grid in accordance with applicable regulations.
- Green Hydrogen produced through electrolysis: Non-biogenic greenhouse gas emissions arising from water treatment, electrolysis, gas purification and drying and compression of hydrogen shall not be greater than 2 kg of CO2 equivalent per kg of Hydrogen, taken as an average over last 12 month period.
- Green Hydrogen produced through conversion of biomass: Non-biogenic greenhouse gas emissions arising from biomass processing, heat/steam generation, conversion of biomass to hydrogen, gas purification and drying and compression of hydrogen shall not be greater than 2 kg of CO2 equivalent per kg of Hydrogen taken as an average over last 12 month period.
- Bureau of Energy Efficiency shall be the Nodal Authority for accreditation of agencies for monitoring, verification and certification of Green Hydrogen production projects.
- A detailed methodology for measurement, reporting, monitoring, on-site verification and certification of green hydrogen and its derivatives shall be specified by Ministry of New & Renewable Energy.