Indian Army receives hydrogen bus


The Indian Army has collaborated with Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOCL) for demonstration trials of hydrogen fuel cell bus technology. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard was recently signed between the Indian Army and the IOCL. The MoU emphasised the commitment to fostering innovation and advancing sustainable transport solutions for the future.

Under the collaboration, the Indian Army has received its first hydrogen fuel cell bus. This marks the commencement of mutually beneficial partnership between Indian Army and IOCL.

Hydrogen fuel cell technology offers a clean and efficient alternative by converting hydrogen gas into electricity through an electro-chemical process. The process leaves water vapour as the only byproduct, thus ensuring zero emission.

The hydrogen fuel cell bus has a seating capacity of 37 passengers. It promises an impressive mileage of 250-300 km on a full 30 kg onboard tank of hydrogen fuel.

Notably, on 21st March 2023, the Indian Army became the first government entity to ink an MoU with NTPC Renewable Energy Ltd for installation of green hydrogen based microgrid power plants along the Northern borders. A pilot project is being set up at Chushul, where a 200 kW green hydrogen based microgrid will provide 24×7 clean electricity to troops deployed in inhospitable terrain and extreme climatic conditions.


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