Indian stainless steel producer Jindal Stainless has announced plans to build a green hydrogen plant in Haryana state, India, with renewables developer Hygenco India.
The solar-powered plant will house an alkaline electrolyser that, according to the steel producer, has potential to produce up to 250 t/yr but is targeting initial production of 75 t/yr. Jindal Stainless described the venture as a first for a stainless steel producer in India. It expects the plant to help it reduce CO2 emissions by 2,700 t/yr.
The hydrogen produced is planned to replace ammonia in its in-house annealing of stainless steel, which is part of the heat treatment process.
The plant will be built at Jindal Stainless' manufacturing site in Hisar in Haryana and Hygenco will own and operate it for 20 years, before transferring ownership and operations to Jindal Stainless.
"As a first, the green hydrogen plant will catalyse our transition from thermal to clean energy in the Indian manufacturing space."Abhyuday Jindal, Jindal Stainless managing director
"As a first, the green hydrogen plant will catalyse our transition from thermal to clean energy in the Indian manufacturing space," Jindal Stainless managing director Abhyuday Jindal said. Jindal Stainless is aiming to increase its stainless steel melting capacity to 2.1mn t/yr from 1.1mn t/yr and its ferro-chrome capacity to 350,000 t/yr from 250,000 t/yr at present. Both projects are now targeted for completion by 31 March 2023.
Source: Argus Media