Hydropower to Hydrogen in Nepal: Opportunities, Challenges, and Way Forward


The Webinar, “Hydropower to Hydrogen in Nepal: Opportunities, Challenges, and Way Forward”, was organized to on 11 September 2020. NTNU Alumni Nepal and Green Hydrogen Lab, Kathmandu University has jointly hosted the event with the expectation to initiate discussions towards the transition of energy and economy of Nepal towards green hydrogen.

Recently there has been a sudden surge for discussions around the sustainability of the hydropower business in Nepal. Hydrogen to Fertilizer production is also evolving as the potential business for Nepal that could contribute to hydropower, food security, local employment, trade deficit, and many others to list. It seems to be a bit ahead of the development curve in Nepal for hydrogen, but a long transition phase is necessary and a prominent start is the discussions like this one.

The event turned out to be a huge success with the total of 693 registrations. There were 504 active participants, from 18 different countries in the meeting room, and an equally large number of viewers in the live streaming. The discussions and question answers were coherent. The take home message was that Hydrogen could be new energy and economic era for Nepal, and all need to work together to achieve it

Total Number of Attendees: 504

Pratik Pradhan, NTNU Alumni and Vice President at Butwal Power Company Ltd



Prof. Bhola ThapaSetting up the stage: Nepal Norway Cooperation in R&D for Hydropower Developments

Mr. Krishna Prasad Acharya, Current challenges for private hydropower developers in Nepal and way forward

Prof. Krishna Kantha Panthi, Preparedness of Hydropower sector in Nepal for alternative directions

Prof. Ole Gunnar Dahlhaug, European perspectives on H2H applications and message to Nepal


Assist. Prof. Biraj Singh Thapa, Opportunities from Hydropower to Hydrogen in Nepal and initiatives from KU


Prof. Bruno G. Pollet, Challenges with hydrogen technologies and lesson learned by NTNU


Er. Hitendra Dev Shakya, Government priorities for sustainable hydropower development in Nepal and Role of NEA

Hydropower to Hydrogen in Nepal: Opportunities, Challenges, and Way Forward