The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) have signed a letter of intent to work together on hydrogen and other clean technologies for a long term basis. The collaboration intends to integrate interventions with indigenous technologies and deploy or calibrate them for Indian conditions. This association is expected to result in higher Technology Readiness Level for DST enabled hydrogen energy clusters, as well as the identification of existing technologies and potential Fraunhofer interventions in green hydrogen.
DST will provide a framework for collaboration in hydrogen valley cluster projects and support activities, as well as facilitate resource allocation. Fraunhofer will serve as a technology partner for the hydrogen valley or cluster, providing information and access to technologies in collaboration with scientific and technical experts, and collaborating on the development of technology roadmaps and guidelines for the innovation ecosystem or cluster.
Recently, the European Investment Bank (EIB) formally agreed to join the India Hydrogen Alliance (IH2A) and increase its support for large-scale green hydrogen hubs and projects across India with indicative funding of €1 billion, subject to Indian government and EIB approvals. The alliance aims to bring industry, investors and government agencies together on green hydrogen hubs and projects.