New Delhi: State-owned GAIL (India) Ltd will build one of India’s largest proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzer at Guna in Madhya Pradesh to produce green hydrogen by the end of 2023, as it looks to supplement its natural gas business with carbon-free fuel.
In a statement, India’s largest gas transporting and marketing firm said it has awarded the contract to set up the PEM-based project that will produce 4.3 tonnes of green hydrogen per day (about 10 MW capacity), which will be mixed in natural gas for supply to industries.
Hydrogen is the latest buzz for meeting the world’s energy needs. Hydrogen can be produced in three different ways – through coal gasification (brown hydrogen), deriving it from methane in natural gas (blue hydrogen) and using renewable energy to split water in an electrolyzer to produce green hydrogen. Green hydrogen is the cleanest of all with zero carbon emission.
“In line with the National Hydrogen Mission, GAIL has awarded a contract to set up one of the largest PEM electrolyzers in India. The project would be installed at GAIL’s Vijaipur Complex in Guna District of Madhya Pradesh, and would be based on renewable power,” the statement said.
The project has been designed to produce around 4.3 metric tonnes of hydrogen per day (approximately 10 MW capacity) with a purity of about 99.999 per cent.
“It is scheduled to be commissioned by November 2023,” it said, adding the project has been awarded to a vendor having a domestic value addition of more than 50 per cent.
The company, however, did not give the cost and other details of the project.