Indian Army Transport

Displaying a firm resolve towards finding green and sustainable transport solutions, the Indian Army has collaborated with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) for demonstration trials of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus technology. Known for its commitment to innovation and environmental stewardship, the Indian Army is taking a significant step forward in sustainable transport.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Indian Army and IOCL in the presence of General Manoj Pande, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), and Shrikant Madhav Vaidya, Chairman of Indian Oil. During the event, the Indian Army received one Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus, marking the commencement of a mutually beneficial partnership. The MoU emphasizes the commitment to fostering innovation and advancing sustainable transport solutions for the future.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology offers a clean and efficient alternative by converting hydrogen gas into electricity through an electro-chemical process, producing only water vapor as a byproduct, thus ensuring zero emissions.

The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus, with a seating capacity of 37 passengers, promises an impressive mileage of 250-300 km on a full 30 kg onboard tank of hydrogen fuel.

Notably, on 21st March 2023, the Indian Army became the first government entity to sign an MoU with National Thermal Power Corporation Renewable Energy Limited for the installation of Green Hydrogen-based Microgrid Power Plants along the Northern Borders. A pilot project is being set up at Chushul, where a 200 Kilo Watt Green Hydrogen-based microgrid will provide 24×7 clean electricity to troops deployed in inhospitable terrain and extreme climatic conditions.

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With a focus on innovation and environmental responsibility, the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus initiative between the Indian Army and IOCL represents a significant stride towards cleaner and greener transport solutions.


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