Nitin Gadkari Battles For Ethanol And Green Hydrogen At The Wind Conference
At the World Wind Energy Conference 2021 (WWEC2021) in New Delhi, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, stressed the need to see ethanol and hydrogen green to have an impact in the transport sector to have a real impact.
Stressing that only 6% of energy consumption in the transport sector comes from renewable energy sources, Mr. Nitin Gadkari said that the government was in mission mode to decarbonize the sector, and that particular emphasis would be placed on ethanol and green hydrogen solutions. âEthanol is a clean fuel and has low greenhouse gas emissions. The extra income can be directly diverted to the farmer, âhe said.
Green hydrogen, the minister said, is another zero carbon option. âWe are exploring the potential of green hydrogen as a fuel in rail, maritime and aeronautical applications,â observed Mr. Nitin Gadkari. He was speaking the second day of the conference where the focus is on the pivot transport on renewable energies. A third of global energy demand comes from the transport sector while it generates one sixth of greenhouse gas emissions, he added. Drawing attention to the programs launched by the government to integrate renewable energies in the sector, Mr. Gadkari stressed that the accelerated EV optic is essential to keep the world on the path of 1.5 degrees Celsius. âFor a sustainable EV ecosystem, we plan to use renewable energies to charge electric vehicles. This will reduce the load on the transport and distribution networks, âsaid the Minister. The focus on green hydrogen around the world is seen as a key growth engine for wind and solar, to power the electrolyzers that will make the hydrogen. Currently, it seems that around 10 MW of solar + wind capacity will be needed for each tonne of green hydrogen produced by the electrolysers,
Taking part in the discussion, Mr. Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark, called for behavioral changes to make transport greener. “It is time for the individual to take responsibility as well,” he said. Mr. Svane also noted that developed and developing countries cannot have the same benchmark on issues such as the phase-out of coal, a key area of ââcontention at COP26.
Delivering the opening speech for WWEC2021, Mr. Hans–Josef Fell, founder of Energy watch group, a network of parliamentarians and global energy researchers, said solar and wind power are the cheapest options for renewable energy systems. âRenewable energies are at the center of climate protectionâ¦ and with political will, a transformation of the global energy sector by 2030-2035 seems possible. “
WWEC2021 is organized by the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), and is supported by the ISA and the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) with Norway as a national partner.