Clean hydrogen can turn into a fuel of the future and be used to power the heavy automobiles, power, and industrial sector only when large scale production becomes possible.
The government should create the demand-pull for hydrogen and then address the supply side by enabling investments, primarily through the public sector units to begin with, so as to create the market for clean hydrogen.
Creating a demand-pull
According to Atanu Mukherjee, President and CEO of MN Dastur & Co and Dastur Energy, some of the ways of creating the demand-pull for hydrogen would be through hydrogen blending in natural gas grids and generation of hydrogen-based steel through coal gasification. This apart, fuel switching in chemical plants and programs for heavy transport fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure should be an integral part of the policy design.