Reliance and Denmark’s Stiesdal sign agreement on manufacturing of HydroGen Electrolyzers in India
Mumbai, October 13, 2021
Reliance New Energy Solar Limited (RNESL), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), and Denmark-based Stiesdal A/S have signed a cooperation agreement for technology development and manufacturing of Stiesdal’s HydroGen Electrolyzers in India.
The agreement was signed in New Delhi on October 9 in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen during the latter's state visit to India.
Stiesdal is founded by Henrik Stiesdal, a wind power pioneer and leading thought leader in global renewable industry. The company is engaged in developing and commercializing several technologies to counter the climate crisis.
A press release from Reliance said the new technology for HydroGen Electrolyzers has the potential to deliver significant cost reduction compared to currently available technologies thereby paving the way for rapid decarbonization and commercialization of affordable green hydrogen – a key enabler in achieving India’s green energy transition.
RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani had announced ambitious plans of setting up a giga factory for manufacturing of hydrogen electrolyzers in Jamnagar, Gujarat. Through this agreement, RNESL and Stiesdal will combine their strengths and capabilities and collaborate to further advance the technology development of HydroGen Electrolyzers and scale it up to set up manufacturing facilities, the release said.
As part of this agreement, RNESL and Stiesdal have also agreed to extend their collaboration to development and implementation of other path-breaking climate change technologies which include offshore wind energy, next generation fuel cells for conversion of hydrogen to electricity for mobile and static electricity generation, long duration energy storage and production of carbon negative fuels.
Speaking after signing of the agreement, Ambani said, “We at Reliance see this cooperation agreement with Stiesdal as yet another opportunity to implement our philosophy of 'Caring for the Planet' and 'Caring for the People'. It is an important step towards fulfilling our commitment to accelerate India’s transition to green energy benefitting from our vast solar energy sources and scaling up innovative and leading technologies to meet this objective. We aim to leverage Stiesdal’s impressive portfolio of climate technologies to serve India market and work together to make this portfolio a global pace setter. In partnership with Stiesdal, we will strive to achieve our stated goal of offering hydrogen energy under $1 per kg in 1 decade – the 1-1-1 target for Green Hydrogen. Reliance is committed to making the greatest contribution to the National Hydrogen Mission announced by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day this year. Our vision is to put India on the global hydrogen map and fulfil the developmental aspirations of 1.35 billion Indians.”
Hital Meswani, Executive Director of Reliance Industries, said, “Reliance is committed to realising its stated ambitions in new energy and accelerating the technology development and scale up of world leading technologies. We welcome Stiesdal as our partner and look forward to working together to achieve our goals.”
Henrik Stiesdal, CEO of Stiesdal A/S, said, “We are excited to enter into this agreement with Reliance New Energy Solar Limited, the New Energy platform of India’s largest industrial company. As a company, we are committed to the fight against climate change, seeking to deliver the largest possible impact in the shortest possible time. For us there could be no greater impact than seeing our technology scaled up for use in the world’s largest democracy. Production of low-cost hydrogen is a vital strategic element of the green transition in India and the world, and Reliance Industries have the reach and capability to ramp up electrolyzer production to the required levels.
"We are very much looking forward to developing and expanding our cooperation with Reliance New Energy Solar Limited, not only within the field of hydrogen production, but also within the fields of our other climate technologies.”
The HydroGen Electrolyzer technology is developed by Stiesdal PtX Technologies. It is an effective technology for green hydrogen production at a game-changing cost level. The HydroGen Electrolyzer benefits from a combination of innovative solutions and a thoroughly industrialized approach to product design and achieving maximum economies of scale in both the output from the electrolyzer unit as well as mass production of the electrolyzer itself.
"Combined with Reliance’s deep expertise in innovation, project execution and operational excellence and its world-class talent pool, this partnership will bring affordable green hydrogen to millions of Indians," the release added.