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Avaada secures EU RFNBO compliance for Indian green hydrogen project

Avaada Group has secured pre-certification to produce green hydrogen and ammonia that will comply with EU rules at its planned greenfield project in India.

Expected to boast a 500,000-tonne-per-year green ammonia production capacity, the project in Gopalpur, Odisha, was first announced in 2023 and secured $1.8bn of financing support from REC Limited.

The pre-certification for Renewable Fuels of Non-Biological Origin (RFNBO), awarded by TÜV Rheinland, covers the production, storage and transportation of green ammonia on a well-to-port basis.

Intended to ensure the green ammonia and hydrogen produced by the project have significantly lower lifecycle emissions compared to conventional hydrogen or fossil fuels, the project’s entire design was assessed.

Under the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) II, both domestic green hydrogen producers and international exporters must comply with RFNBO rules, which set renewable energy supply criteria of additionality, hourly matching and geographical matching.

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Vineet Mittal, Chairman of Avaada Group, claimed the company was the first in India to complete the design stage certification in line with EU regulations.

“This certification adheres to the stringent requirements of the RED II including renewable energy power usage, geographical and temporal correlation, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission intensity, showcases our commitment to environmental excellence,” Mittal said.

V Ravi Kumar, Vice-President, Industrial Services at TÜV Rheinland India, said, “This pre-certification is a testament to Avaada’s commitment to excellence in green hydrogen and ammonia production.

“We are proud to support Avaada in their journey towards sustainable energy solutions and look forward to seeing the positive impact of [its] greenfield project.”

It comes as the EU looks to meet its REPowerEU goals of producing 10 million tonnes of green hydrogen and importing a further 10 million tonnes by 2030.

India has been looking to position itself as a green hydrogen hotspot, with plans to produce five million tonnes by the end of the decade, primarily focused on export.

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