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India set to get India's 1st green H2 bus

9/24/20232 min read

India is taking a significant step towards green mobility by introducing its first Green Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus. The Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, is scheduled to launch the bus at Kartavya Path in Delhi on September 25, 2023. Green Hydrogen, produced using renewable energy sources, is seen as a key player in promoting low-carbon and self-reliant economic pathways.

1. Green Hydrogen's Potential:

Green Hydrogen, produced from renewable energy, has the potential to be a game-changer in various sectors. It can be used as a fuel or industrial feedstock and has the capacity to replace fossil fuel-derived feedstocks in industries such as petroleum refining, fertilizer production, and steel manufacturing.

2. Fuel Cell Technology:

Fuel cell technology, powered by hydrogen, is becoming increasingly important in the field of e-mobility. It operates by converting hydrogen at the anode and oxygen from the air at the cathode into water, producing electrical energy in the form of electrons.

3. Advantages of Fuel Cells:

Fuel cells offer high efficiency compared to other mobility solutions and provide benefits like extended range and shorter refueling times compared to battery-powered vehicles.

4. Operational Trials:

IndianOil is conducting operational trials of 15 Fuel Cell buses fueled by Green Hydrogen on specific routes in Delhi, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh. This initiative represents India's first attempt to provide green hydrogen at 350 bar for fueling fuel cell buses.

5. Cutting-edge Dispensing Facility:

IndianOil has established a state-of-the-art dispensing facility at its R&D campus in Faridabad, which can refuel green hydrogen produced through electrolysis using solar PV panels.

6. Long-term Assessment:

The initial two fuel cell buses, launched on September 25, 2023, will collectively cover a mileage of more than 3 lakh kilometers as part of a long-term assessment of the technology's performance and durability.

7. National Repository:

The data collected from these extensive trials will serve as a national repository and play a crucial role in shaping the future of zero-emission mobility in India, powered by green hydrogen.

This initiative showcases India's commitment to sustainable and eco-friendly transportation solutions, aligning with global efforts to reduce carbon emissions and promote clean energy alternatives in the transportation sector.