STL among the first Indian optical companies to transition to green hydrogen
Fri 13 Oct 2023
Indian optical and digital technology company, Sterlite Technologies Limited (STL), has announced it will collaborate with Hygenco for the supply of green hydrogen to its manufacturing plants.
In this long-term offtake agreement, Hygenco will build, own, and operate the green hydrogen facility for STL for 20 years. This facility will be based on renewable energy and commissioned in the next 15-18 months.
This project will be the very first green hydrogen project in India’s Optical industry and boost STL’s Net-Zero by 2030 ambition.
Hydrogen and Oxygen are critical components in the production of optical fibre and are used as fuel in blast furnaces for making glass from silica particles. In the optical fibre value chain, gases like Hydrogen and Oxygen are considered as hard to decarbonise areas.
STL and Hygenco aim at carbon abatement to the tune of ~30% year-on-year through this green hydrogen partnership.
Ankit Agarwal, Managing Director, STL, said: “Through this collaboration with Hygenco, STL embarks on a transformative journey towards sustainability, harnessing the power of green hydrogen, an eco-friendly solution that empowers our Glass plant with clean energy. This partnership exemplifies our commitment to environmental stewardship, innovation, and a sustainable tomorrow, where we create products that transform billions of lives.”
Currently, STL uses electrolysers running on conventional energy. Now, renewable energy-based electrolysers installed by Hygenco will enable STL to in-source its Hydrogen requirement, thereby reducing occupational health hazards associated with procuring Hydrogen in cylinders.
Equipped with autonomous energy management and control, this system will also enable constant monitoring and real-time decision-making to ensure optimal efficiency.
Amit Bansal, CEO, Hygenco India, said: “Hygenco is facilitating industry transition to green hydrogen as a commercially viable alternative to grey hydrogen. Through this partnership, we will embark on a transformative journey towards sustainability, leveraging the potential of green hydrogen to empower STL’s manufacturing plants. We are confident that our solution will create value for STL. We are excited to see STL trailblaze the green hydrogen journey in the optical fibre industry and enable a greener internet.”
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