Petroleum Minister Hardeep Puri Flags-Off India's First Green Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus
Emerging fuels like hydrogen and biofuels shall account for 25 percent of global incremental energy demand growth over the next two decades, says the Minister.
September 27, 2023. By Anurima Mondal
Explaining the concept of hydrogen and the benefits of using it as the fuel for future, Puri said, “The fuel cell utilises hydrogen and air to generate electricity to power the bus and the only by-product from the bus is water therefore making it possibly the most environmentally friendly mode of transportation as compared to conventional buses that run on diesel and petrol. With three times the energy density and the absence of harmful emissions, hydrogen shines as a cleaner, more efficient choice to meet the energy requirements.”
Speaking about the government’s ambitious plans on clean and green energy, he said that emerging fuels like hydrogen and biofuels shall account for 25 percent of global incremental energy demand growth over the next two decades.
“With one of the largest synchronous grids in the world, we have achieved ‘One Nation-One Grid-One Frequency’, and would soon be global champion in production and exports of hydrogen and is set to emerge as the hub for green hydrogen”, the Minister added.
Complimenting industry and the government’s collaboration in taking India on a global platform, he said, “We were privy to the launch of the world’s first BS 6 (Stage II) Electrified Flex Fuel vehicle prototype that encompasses both the flex fuel engine as well as an electric powertrain that offers higher use of ethanol combined with better fuel efficiencies. Now with flagging-off the first two hydrogen cell buses, we have set the ball rolling and expect another 15 such buses to ply on Delhi NCR roads by the end of this year”.
Speaking on the occasion, Rameshwar Teli said, “The Green Hydrogen Mission which aims to establish a green hydrogen ecosystem in India, is on a developmental and progressive path. Hydrogen will be a key player in the transition to a carbon-free economy and will help mitigate climate change. Today’s launch will certainly revolutionise India’s firm commitment of being a cleaner and greener nation.”
Earlier in the day, welcoming the dignitaries, Indian Oil Chairman SM Vaidya said that hydrogen is poised to be game changer in India's ambitious quest to achieve net-zero emissions by the year 2070.
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