IH2A plans a USD 575m hydrogen hub in Kochi

India Hydrogen Alliance (IH2A) and the state government of Kerala are jointly evaluating a proposal to set up a USD 575M green hydrogen hub in Kochi in southern India.

The hub is expected to house a 60 tonne/day hydrogen plant with a 150-megawatt (MW) electrolyser and other storage and infrastructure facilities, IH2A said in a statement.

The Kochi hub is expected to create production, storage, transmission, and end-use infrastructure for green hydrogen within a 50km radius cluster in Kochi, it added.

In the first phase, the hub will provide hydrogen for transportation requirements which are in alignment with Kerala’s zero-emission target, IH2A said.

Kerala announced in April a plan to achieve zero emissions by 2050, while IH2A has a blueprint for developing hydrogen hubs in India by 2025.

“In the second phase, industrial demand for green hydrogen from refineries, fertilizer, and chemical plants is expected to drive capacity expansion and scale-up the hub,” it added.

“The hub plan is a blueprint of how India can build large-scale, commercial green hydrogen infrastructure,” said Jill Evanko, chief executive and president of Chart Industries, and founding member of IH2A.

“Starting with the right scale of project development is important. It indicates India’s seriousness in building a domestic green hydrogen economy and its role in shaping the emerging global green hydrogen market,” Evanko added.

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