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- Shri Sunil Kumar
Clean, renewable geothermal energy is a reliable power source, leaves a small footprint, and can adapt to small- and large-scale installations. Geothermal is a mature renewable energy technology that has the potential to provide clean and reliable energy for power generation and direct heating and cooling applications. India is currently at a nascent stage of geothermal energy utilization. One of the country’s national oil companies is on course to develop India’s first geothermal field development project, putting India on the geothermal power map. How have technological advancements in geothermal helped restore its place in a renewable energy equation dominated by solar and wind? How can uncertainties and associated risks during early-stage geothermal resource development be minimized to avoid cost escalations and delays? How can India develop policies and support mechanisms around funding and environmental impact assessments for geothermal projects? Which global best practices can India implement to realize its geothermal potential?
The Indian government is showing an increasing focus to create conditions for the launch of the hydrogen economy in India. In his recent Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the setting up of the National Hydrogen Mission and said that India would be a global hub for hydrogen production and export. What are the critical elements of building a hydrogen economy in India? What will be the competitive landscape of the new hydrogen economy? What role will the current oil and gas companies play in scaling up and achieving economies of scale? What barriers need to be overcome to implement the Make in India approach to the idea of a hydrogen economy? How can the Indian hydrogen economy be designed competitively, to fulfil the vision of a Global Hub for hydrogen production and export?