Canada-headquartered Ballard Power Systems has landed an order to supply 15 of its 70kW fuel cell modules to power Tata Motors’ zero-emission electric buses. Ballard plans to complete the delivery of all modules by 2022.
The buses are part of a joint study by Tata and Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and planned for deployment in Faridabad, in the National Capital Region of Delhi.
Tata Motors will supply the 15 buses to the Research & Development Centre of IOCL. Tata and IOCL will jointly study the potential of fuel cell technology for commercial vehicles, including testing, maintenance and operation of the fuel cell electric buses in real-world public transport conditions in India’s National Capital Region.
IOCL will also generate and dispense the hydrogen fuel to be used by the Ballard modules in these buses.
India is in mission mode on researching different aspects of the hydrogen economy, including hydrogen production, storage, and utilization for stationary, power generation, and transport applications.
he government and the industry are increasingly looking at hydrogen – and particularly green hydrogen produced using renewable energy sources – as an alternative fuel to combat pollution levels in the country, especially in the National Capital Region where winter months see dangerous levels of polluted air.
Moreover, a new energy transition coalition called India H2 Alliance was recently formed by major industry players, with a focus on commercializing hydrogen technologies and systems to create net-zero carbon pathways in India.
The Alliance will work towards developing blue and green hydrogen production and storage, and building a hydrogen economy that complements India’s national renewable energy and electric vehicle/battery-technology plans. It will also build hydrogen-use industrial clusters and transport use-cases with hydrogen-powered fuel cells.
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