Renewable Power-to-X Training in Kolkata

The Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF-SO) and the Power-to-X (PtX) Hub jointly organised a three-day capacity-building Power-to-X training course on Green Hydrogen and its derivatives in India from 19 - 21 December in Kolkata. 30 participants from government, private sector, and academia participated, guided by facilitators  Ms. Kajol, Senior Manager (Energy) at the World Resources Institute India, and Mr. Vivek Jha, an energy expert and independent consultant.

The Power-to-X training provided  a comprehensive overview of the PtX value chain, exploring the potential of renewable PtX in future energy systems and economies. It covered  crucial aspects such as PtX technologies, production processes, economics, and infrastructure,  following the holistic approach of the PtX Hub’s  Environmental, Economic, Social and Governance Framework (EESG).

Following an introduction to Renewable PtX, the training delved into production pathways, evaluating downstream products like  green ammonia and methanol. Economic aspects, including the cost development of electrolysers, green hydrogen, and PtX derivatives, were also examined.

The subsequent  segment focused on  the techno-economic criteria of infrastructure, emphasising  transportation, storage, and trade of renewable PtX products. Participants explored sector-specific PtX demand markets and value chains, examining various pathways and business cases.

The following module addressed sustainability criteria for Renewable PtX, encompassing the EESG Framework, PtX sustainability within EESG, and the application of sustainability standards. Shri Jaydeep Jadhav, Steel Authority of India Limited, presented on the Carbon Adjustment Border Mechanism (CBAM), The EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) is a tool to price carbon emissions in the EU and promote cleaner industrial production globally.

The concluding module discussed  support policies and regulations for Renewable PtX, including  policy recommendations, regulatory requirements, and strategies specific to renewable PtX. India's National Green Hydrogen Mission, aiming to position India as a global hub for Green Hydrogen  production, usage, and export, was highlighted. State-level policy actions on green hydrogen were also discussed, along with a presentation on the Mission on Advanced and High Impact Research (MAHIR) by Shri Sushil Kumar Suman from the Central Electricity Authority (CEA). 

The session concluded with an interactive Q&A segment, allowing participants  to seek clarification, share insights, and engage in discussions. Trainers prompted participants to reflect on  whether Green Hydrogen is merely a hype or a tangible reality, encouraging consideration of the complexities and potential realities of this emerging topic.