New Delhi: Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas Hardeep Puri on Monday Flagged off country’s first Green Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus from Kartavya Path, New Delhi, saying India soon be the hub for production and export of Hydrogen.
Hardeep Singh Puri said that emerging fuels like hydrogen and bio-fuels shall account for 25% 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”, he added.
“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 power train that offers higher use of ethanol combined with better fuel efficiencies” he said.
Reiterating Prime Minister’s vision the Minister said it not only will green hydrogen be the basis of green growth through green jobs but it will also set an example for the world towards clean energy transition.
Marking the green hydrogen powered buses as a game changer for the city transport in the Country, Hardeep Singh Puri complimented IndianOil for undertaking this collaborative approach along with Tata Motors for development of indigenous solutions pertaining to Fuel Cell and hydrogen infrastructure in the country.
“Success of this project can catapult India from being net importer of fossil energy to becoming net exporter of clean hydrogen energy”, added Puri.
Under this program, 15 fuel cell buses will be plying on specified routes in the Delhi NCR Region to establish the performance data under Indian operating conditions.
“These 15 buses shall cover a cumulative 3 lakh kilometres to establish the efficacy, efficiency and sustainability of the complete value chain” said the Ministry.
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 revolutionize India’s firm commitment of being a cleaner and greener nation” he added.
S M Vaidya, Chairman, IndianOil said that Hydrogen, is poised to be game changer in India’s ambitious quest to achieve Net-Zero emissions by the year 2070.
“In-line with Prime Minister’s vision for National Green Hydrogen Mission, today’s flag-off of green hydrogen fuel cell buses is a testament to IndianOil’s steadfast commitment towards devising sustainable solutions for greening the Mobility sector.
“With the active support from Government and Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, this milestone marks a pivotal stride in nation’s journey towards zero emission mobility” he said.