Spirare and green hydrogen

Vol 26, PW 11 (18 May 23) News in Brief

Delhi-based Spirare Energy sees promise in plans by Indian companies to set up green hydrogen-generating units as they gradually replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources.

Spirare managing director Avnish Vats tells us that in 2021 his company commissioned India’s first green hydrogen plant at Bikaner in Rajasthan for green energy group ACME. "This was a pilot project to produce 500 cm/hour of green hydrogen using solar power," said Vats.

Last month (April 2023), Vats said Spirare commissioned a pilot hydrogen project for NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance (NETRA) in Noida on the outskirts of Delhi to generate 25kWh of electricity. "From LoA to commissioning, we completed this project within nine months," said Vats.

Spirare has tied up with HAL Offshore to emerge as the sole valid bidder for BPCL's proposed 400-kg/day or 2600 tonnes/year green hydrogen unit at the Bina refinery in Madhya Pradesh. Vats said Spirare has had a tie-up with Purification Equipment Research Institute of CSIC (PERIC) in China for a joint supply of a complete hydrogen unit from China and India using 'High-Pressure Bipolar Technology.' "We have had a tie-up with PERIC for the past 12 years to use their alkaline electrolyser technology to produce hydrogen from the electrolysis of water," adds Vats.

He said Spirare has set up more than 100 hydrogen-generating units across India and overseas using PERIC alkaline electrolyser technology. "The concept of green hydrogen has come in just two or three years ago, and relates to the use of electricity from renewable sources for electrolysis of water (into hydrogen and oxygen)," said Vats.

Spirare has set up, said Vats, hydrogen generating units for the steel, fertiliser, pharmaceuticals and other sectors. "We usually do the entire EPC job for hydrogen plants."