In a groundbreaking development, Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Hardeep Singh Puri, is poised to inaugurate India’s inaugural green hydrogen fuel cell bus at Kartavya Path in Delhi this coming Monday. The project represents a momentous stride in India’s pursuit of sustainable transportation solutions and marks a significant leap toward a greener future.
The initiative, spearheaded by Indian Oil, aims to conduct rigorous operational trials of 15 fuel cell buses, all powered by green hydrogen, on designated routes spanning Delhi, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh. The project’s grand commencement will see the unveiling of the first two fuel cell buses amidst the iconic backdrop of India Gate.
This ambitious venture is distinguished by its pioneering approach to deliver green hydrogen at an impressive 350 bar pressure, setting a precedent for fuel cell bus operations across the nation. Adding to the infrastructure, Indian Oil has also established a cutting-edge refueling facility at its R&D campus in Faridabad, designed to accommodate the refueling of green hydrogen generated through electrolysis, utilizing solar PV panels.
Green hydrogen, harnessed from renewable energy sources, stands as a potent low-carbon fuel, offering a promising alternative to imported energy resources. It harnesses India’s vast renewable energy potential, providing adaptability for diverse applications, spanning from fuel to industrial feedstock. The technology holds the potential to supplant fossil fuel-derived feedstocks in critical sectors such as petroleum refining, fertilizer production, and steel manufacturing.
Fuel cell technology is fast gaining traction in the domain of electric mobility, where hydrogen plays the role of the primary fuel source for fuel cells. The electrochemical process within these fuel cells efficiently transforms hydrogen and oxygen into water, simultaneously generating electrical energy.
Fuel cell vehicles, like those in this project, boast several advantages, including extended driving ranges and shorter refueling times when compared to battery-powered counterparts. Hydrogen gas is securely stored onboard at a high pressure, typically maintained at 350 bar.
As a part of the upcoming phase, once these initial two buses are deployed, they are set to collectively traverse a staggering distance of over 300,000 kilometers. This extensive journey will serve as a crucial evaluation period, assessing long-term performance and durability, as highlighted in the official statement from PIB. The success of this pioneering green hydrogen fuel cell bus project promises to herald a brighter, cleaner era for India’s public transportation system.