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Indian Army testing hydrogen fuel cell buses, 300 km in 30 kg

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In a significant move towards sustainable transport solutions, the Indian Army has partnered with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) to initiate demonstration trials of a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus. The collaboration was formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by General Manoj Pande, Chief of the Army Staff, and Shrikant Madhav Vaidya, Chairman of Indian Oil.

Key Highlights:

  1. Zero Emissions Technology:
    • The hydrogen fuel cell bus operates by converting hydrogen gas into electricity, leaving water vapor as its only emission. This groundbreaking technology achieves zero emissions, contributing to environmental sustainability.
    • The bus can accommodate 37 passengers and is capable of traveling 250-300 km on a full tank of 30 kg of hydrogen fuel.
  2. Reducing Dependency on Conventional Fuels:
    • By exploring hydrogen fuel technology, the Indian Army aims to reduce its dependency on conventional fossil fuels.
    • This trial represents a crucial step towards minimizing environmental impact and promoting cleaner alternatives.
  3. Previous Initiatives:
    • On March 21, 2023, the Indian Army engaged with the National Thermal Power Corporation Renewable Energy Limited to set up Green Hydrogen-based Microgrid Power Plants along the Northern Borders.
    • A pilot project is currently underway at Chushul, aiming to provide continuous clean electricity to troops stationed in extreme conditions using a 200 Kilowatt Green Hydrogen-based Microgrid.
  4. Broader Commitment:
    • The Indian Army’s venture into hydrogen fuel technology underscores its commitment to integrating innovative and environmentally friendly solutions within its operations.

This pioneering effort by the Indian Army and IOCL marks the beginning of a partnership focused on advancing sustainable transport technologies. As the world shifts towards cleaner energy sources, hydrogen fuel cells offer a promising avenue for the future of public transportation.

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