Both the institutions have joined hands to contribute towards development of the green hydrogen industry in India and to develop next-generation technology in this emerging field.
L&T’s engineering expertise, product scale-up, and commercialisation know-how and IIT Bombay’s cutting-edge research in hydrogen technologies will help this partnership accomplish its goal.
Speaking on the collaboration, Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director IIT Bombay, said: “Given the urgency of the climate crisis and India’s own ambitious target of becoming net zero by 2070, the transition from fossil fuel to green hydrogen will play a key role in this goal. India’s national hydrogen mission is a step in the right direction, and I am confident that our partnership with L&T will result in scalable and cost-effective solutions. IIT Bombay’s endeavour is to contribute significantly to challenges of national importance, and our association with L&T to develop technologies for green hydrogen that can make India self-reliant in this space is one such example.”
Technology plays a central role in the growth of an emerging industry such as green hydrogen. Research and development (R&D) in areas to improve energy efficiency, reliability, and reducing equipment cost is crucial to improve affordability and hence scaled adoption of green hydrogen in India is the need of the hour. Recognising this, L&T as an industrial partner is collaborating with IIT Bombay to support development of Indian R&D ecosystem and technology leadership for the sector.
The central government in February 2022 notified the green hydrogen policy aimed at boosting production of green hydrogen and green ammonia to help the nation become a global hub for the environmentally friendly version of the molecule. For countries such as India, with its ever-increasing oil and gas import bill, green hydrogen will help provide crucial energy security by reducing the overall dependence on imported fossil fuels.