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Green Hydrogen Horizon: Hyundai's Academic Alliance


During the Tamil Nadu Global Investors Meet 2024, an influential Memorandum of Understanding was inked among IIT Madras, Hyundai Motor India Limited, and Guidance Tamil Nadu. This groundbreaking collaboration aims to establish a 'Hydrogen Valley Innovation Hub,' centered at IIT Madras. The initiative focuses on nurturing a sustainable green hydrogen ecosystem in India, with IIT Madras spearheading the Hydrogen Valley's establishment, curriculum design, and operation.


In a momentous development during the Tamil Nadu Global Investors Meet 2024, a transformative alliance was forged among the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), Hyundai Motor India Limited, and Guidance Tamil Nadu. This collaborative effort is poised to reshape the landscape of sustainable energy with the creation of a 'Hydrogen Valley Innovation Hub,' a pioneering initiative to advance the development of a green hydrogen ecosystem in the country.

The primary custodian of this ambitious project is IIT Madras, leveraging its academic prowess and infrastructure to lay the foundation for the Hydrogen Valley Innovation Hub. The institute commits to providing essential resources, including land, building infrastructure, and cutting-edge research and development facilities. Moreover, IIT Madras will play a pivotal role in designing a comprehensive curriculum and knowledge framework to facilitate skill development, ensuring a workforce adept in the intricacies of hydrogen technology. The institute will also bear the responsibility of operating and maintaining the Hydrogen Valley, ensuring its sustained success.

At the core of this collaboration is the envisioned Hydrogen Valley Innovation Cluster in Tamil Nadu (HVIC-TN), a collaborative entity featuring stakeholders from over 20 companies operating in the hydrogen sector. This consortium brings together investors, consulates, IIT Madras, IIT Madras Research Park, Guidance Tamil Nadu, and the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation. The HVIC-TN's mission is clear — to champion India's green hydrogen aspirations through technological innovation, robust research and development support, skill enhancement, infrastructure development, and policy advocacy. Functioning as a dynamic platform, the cluster facilitates networking among stakeholders, propelling the swift adoption and transition to green hydrogen.

Expressing enthusiasm about the project, Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director of IIT Madras, highlighted the significance of Hyundai's timely funding. He anticipates the consortium's pivotal role in providing feasible solutions to substitute non-fossil fuels with green hydrogen in the years to come. The Hydrogen Valley Innovation Hub, with a total project cost of Rs. 180 Crores, will materialize through an investment of Rs. 100 Crores by Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL), meeting its capital expenditure (capex) requirements.


The alliance forged between IIT Madras, Hyundai Motor India Limited, and Guidance Tamil Nadu marks a monumental step toward realizing India's green hydrogen future. The Hydrogen Valley Innovation Hub, propelled by academic excellence and industry collaboration, is poised to emerge as a beacon of innovation and sustainability. With a strategic focus on research, skill development, and infrastructure, this initiative aligns with India's ambitious goals in the renewable energy sector. Hyundai's substantial investment underscores the private sector's commitment to driving the nation's green energy transition.

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