The government announces financial support for a hydrogen startup of Rs 3.29 crore.

19 August, New Delhi, India (ANI): Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology, said on Friday that a Maharashtrian hydrogen company will get $3.29 million in funding for the development of its own hydrogen sensing and analysis technology.

According to Singh, the financing for the National Hydrogen Mission (NHM), which was introduced on India's 75th Independence Day from the Red Fort ramparts last year, is consistent with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's goal.

According to him, the NHM wants to help the government achieve its climate goals and turn India into a centre for green hydrogen. According to the minister, this will assist in achieving the goal of producing 5 million tonnes of green hydrogen by 2030 and the accompanying expansion of renewable energy capacity.

In order to assist the production of hydrogen sensors domestically, Singh oversaw the signing of an MoU between the Technology Development Board under DST and Multi Nano Sense Technologies Private Limited in Maharashtra.

He said that the business is creating a homegrown, cutting-edge hydrogen analysis sensor for futuristic uses. The advancement is also connected to the ubiquitous, miniature core sensor designs for hydrogen analysis or leak detection.

According to a formal statement issued by the Ministry of Science & Technology, the patented hydrogen gas sensor and analyser is based on a core sensor that has been conceptualised, developed, manufactured, and serviced wholly in India.

The minister stated that the country is now largely dependent on importing sensors since all essential components are sourced from China, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Germany.

The main advantage of these sensors is that they are free from cross-interference from other flammable or reducing gases, work in both air and inert/vacuum backgrounds, and can analyse hydrogen at concentrations ranging from 1 ppm to 100% purity. With the aid of this technology, India can quickly expand its market share and meet domestic demand with products that are Made in India.

The sensor includes a number of novel and ground-breaking properties, including low power consumption for core sensor operation and minimal detection in the parts per million (PPM) range and maximum detection in 100% pure hydrogen. Portable detectors have a long life of five years and can run continuously for up to 36 hours on a single charge.

According to Singh, there is a need for an alternative fuel because of the rising demand for energy and the finite nature of the available resources. Since hydrogen is expected to eventually displace fossil fuels, producing hydrogen fuel using energy from renewable sources, sometimes known as "green hydrogen," is a crucial step in ensuring the country's long-term energy security.

According to NITI Aayog's paper titled "Harnessing Green Hydrogen: Opportunities for Deep Decarbonization in India," the minister added To help India reach its goal of being net-zero by 2070, hydrogen will offer a mechanism to hasten the development of a green hydrogen economy. (ANI)