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Jindal Stainless Commissions First Green Hydrogen Plant in the Indian Steel Sector

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Jindal Stainless Ltd. has commissioned the first Green Hydrogen plant in the Indian Stainless Steel sector. The plant has been developed in Hisar, Haryana, in partnership with Gurugram-headquartered Hygenco Green Energies. The facility was inaugurated by the Union Steel Minister on 4th March 2024.

Jindal Commences Green Hydrogen Usage at Hisar Steel Plant

Jindal Stainless has commenced the usage of Green Hydrogen at its Hisar Stainless Steel facility. The plant is being operated by Hygenco on a Build-Own-Operate (BOO) model.

The Green Hydrogen plant makes use of an alkaline bipolar electrolyser, which has a capacity of 350 Normal cubic metre (about 31.46 Kg) per hour. The plant will be capable of delivering 90 Normal cubic metre (about 8.09 Kg) of Round-The-Clock (RTC) using dedicated storage.

The project draws its power requirement from rooftop and floating solar installations.

54,000 Tonnes of CO2 Emissions to be Abated over 20 Years

Jindal Stainless’ Green Hydrogen plant is expected to reduce CO2 emissions from its Hisar plant by 2,700 tonne per year, and cumulatively 54,000 tonne over the next 20 years.

Further, Jindal Stainless’ release states that the Green Hydrogen generation facility is equipped with monitoring system which can track Hydrogen generation, Renewable Energy (RE) generation, States Of Charge (SOC), and temperature & pressure. It [the Green Hydrogen project] has the capability to make real-time decisions for achieving high efficiency. Hygenco’s technology augments hydrogen yield and deliver cost-competitive hydrogen”, elaborated Jindal Stainless’ release.

Jindal Stainless has set a target of becoming Carbon net-zero by 2050, and the use of Green Hydrogen in its Stainless Steel manufacturing process is a step in this direction.

“Will Scale Up Depending on Successful Application in Stainless Steel Manufacturing” – Jindal Stainless MD

Mr. Abhyuday Jindal, MD of Jindal Stainless, said that the company’s Hisar Green Hydrogen facility can be scaled up, subject to how successful the use of Hydrogen in Stainless Steel manufacturing proves to be. “We understand that sustainability is not just a goal to be achieved, but a journey that requires continuous effort and innovation”, he added.

Mr. Amit Bansal, CEO of Hygenco, reiterated the importance of extending the use of Green Hydrogen in various industrial sectors, and labelled the aforementioned project as “…an unprecedented achievement to help leapfrog the green hydrogen revolution globally”.

‘Hard to Abate’ Steel Sector Could See Drop in Carbon Emissions

Steel sector has often dubbed as a ‘hard-to-abate’ sector in terms of carbon emission, and therefore, Jindal Stainless’ Green Hydrogen plant assumes significance in the Indian Steel production landscape.

A PIB release dated 4th March 2024 reports that an outlay of Rs. 20,000 crore was announced under the National Green Hydrogen Mission (NGHM) in 2023, out of which about Rs. 500 crore had been earmarked for pilot projects for the Iron and Steel sector until FY-30.

While Jindal Stainless’ Hisar plant is currently the only facility in India to experiment with Green Hydrogen usage in Stainless Steel manufacturing, it could pave way for more Steel companies producing ‘Green Steel’*.

*Green Steel refers to the Steel produced in facilities which use Green Hydrogen instead of coking coal as a reducing agent, thereby cutting carbon emissions.