The Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI) has invited bids to set up 1.5 GW of electrolyzer manufacturing capacity in India under the 1st round of the government’s Strategic Interventions for Green Hydrogen Transition (SIGHT) program.
Bidders setting up electrolyzer manufacturing facilities under this program will be eligible for government incentives provided they meet the qualification criteria as laid out in the tender document.
SECI has been appointed as the implementing agency for the incentive scheme for electrolyzer manufacturing.
Out of the total capacity, 1.2 GW is tendered for electrolyzer manufacturing capacity based on any stack technology, and the balance 300 MW for electrolyzer manufacturing capacity based on indigenously developed stack technology. Manufacturers can bid for either or both categories.
To be eligible for incentives under this scheme, the electrolyzer manufacturer must commit to fulfilling certain values of electrolyzers performance and local value addition. The electrolyzer’s specific energy consumption (σ) should be equal to or less than 56 kWh/kg of H2 production. For alkaline electrolyzers, local value addition should be a minimum of 40% in the first year and at least 80% by the fifth year. For proton exchange membrane, solid-oxide, and anion exchange membrane electrolyzers, the local value addition should be a minimum of 30% in the first year and at least 70% by the fifth year. The guaranteed life of electrolyzer shall be at least 60,000 hrs.
The electrolyzers manufacturing facilities must be commissioned within 24 months from the award of the project. These will be eligible for incentives on an annual basis on the sales of committed electrolyzers for 5 years from the scheduled commissioning date or the actual commissioning date of the manufacturing facility, whichever is earlier.