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India’s First Green Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus

In a groundbreaking move towards sustainable transportation, India is set to inaugurate its first Green Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus, marking a significant step in the country’s efforts to embrace eco-friendly and low-carbon mobility solutions. The launch, scheduled for September 25, 2023, holds great promise for India’s transition to cleaner and more self-reliant economic development.

 The Power of Green Hydrogen

Green Hydrogen, produced using renewable energy sources, has emerged as a game-changer in India’s quest for sustainable energy solutions. It harnesses the country’s abundant renewable energy resources and offers versatile applications, from fueling vehicles to supporting critical industrial processes such as petroleum refining, steel production, and fertilizer manufacturing.

 Fuel Cell Technology

At the heart of this innovation lies fuel cell technology, which utilizes hydrogen as fuel. In a fuel cell, hydrogen and oxygen engage in an electrochemical reaction, generating electrical energy and water as byproducts. Fuel cells offer distinct advantages over traditional batteries, including higher efficiency, extended range, and faster refueling times.

 Indian Oil's Pioneering Effort

Leading the charge in this trans formative endeavor is Indian Oil, which has undertaken a program to test 15 Fuel Cell buses powered by Green hydrogen on designated routes in Delhi, Aryan, and Uttar Pradesh. The launch of the first two buses from India Gate heralds the beginning of this groundbreaking initiative.

 Cutting-Edge Refueling Facility

To support this endeavor, Indian Oil has established an advanced refueling facility at its R&D campus in Faisalabad. This facility is equipped to dispense green hydrogen generated through electrolysis powered by solar PV panels, representing a significant leap in green mobility infrastructure.

India’s First Green Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus