India to Help With Hydrogen Plant

The federal government’s plan for a hydrogen fuel plant powered by clean coal received a boost when the government of India gave $10 million to the effort.

The FutureGen project, which could break ground in 2012, will generate both electricity and hydrogen from coal.

According to Fuel Cell Today, India will get access to technology, and some of the work on the $950 million project could be performed by Indian companies. [ link ]

India gets on board the US FutureGen project

New Delhi (dpa) – India and the US Monday signed an agreement for New Delhi’s participation in the 1-billion-dollar FutureGen project, which seeks to produce electricity from coal using an emission-free procedure.

Through the signing of the agreement, India became the first country to participate on the US government’s steering committee on the FutureGen project, the US Embassy in New Delhi.

The framework protocol was signed by India’s Power Secretary RV Shahi and US Assistant Secretary of Energy Jeffrey D Jarret. The two countries had decided to participate in the project during the visit of the US President George W Bush to India last month.

“It makes us proud to say that India is the first government member in the prestigious project. The government will contribute 10 million dollars in this,” India’s Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde was quoted by the PTI news agency as saying.

The project is a public-private initiative to design, build and operate a nearly emission-free coal-fired electric and hydrogen production plant.

“The 275-megawatt prototype plant will serve as a large scale engineering laboratory for testing new clean power, carbon capture, and coal-to-hydrogen technologies. It will be the cleanest fossil fuel-fired power plant in the world,” the US Department of Energy said in a statement.

FutureGen, expected to be commissioned by 2012, could also see participation by Indian companies, the news agency said.

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