Adani Enterprises Ltd, part of the diversified Adani Group, has signed an agreement with Ashok Leyland, a commercial vehicle manufacturer in India, and Canada’s Ballard Power Systems to launch a pilot project to develop a hydrogen fuel cell electric truck (FCET) for mining logistics and transportation.
This collaboration marks Asia’s first planned hydrogen-powered mining truck.
The demonstration project will be led by AEL, a company focused on both mining operations and developing green hydrogen projects for sourcing, transporting, and building out hydrogen refueling infrastructure.
Ballard, a PEM fuel cell engine manufacturer, will supply the FCmove fuel cell engine for the hydrogen truck. Ashok Leyland will provide the vehicle platform and technical support. The FCET is scheduled to be launched in India this year.
The Adani Group plans to invest more than $50 billion over the next ten years in green hydrogen and associated ecosystems corresponding to a capacity of up to 3 million tons of green hydrogen annually.
Vinay Prakash, director of Adani Enterprises Limited, and CEO of Adani Natural Resources, said, “This pioneering and ambitious green hydrogen project holds a strong promise for India’s future energy self-reliance… This experience of handling hydrogen as a fuel for commercial fleet not only prepones the advent of hydrogen technology for the mining and logistics sector in the country but will also enable other businesses to opt for long-term sustainable solutions transitioning fleets in ports, airports, and in their industrial operations.”
The hydrogen-powered mining truck will weigh 55 tons. It will be powered by Ballard’s 120 kW PEM fuel cell technology, have three hydrogen tanks, and support a 200km working range.
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