Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the nation’s largest fuel retailer, and Tata Motors have started collaboration to jointly develop indigenous hydrogen fuel cell technology.
IOC’s Director-Research & Development (R&D) S S V Ramakumar told ETEnergyWorld both the companies have initiated test trials on the demo hydrogen fuel cell powered bus which was launched last week.
A hydrogen fuel cell bus is an electric vehicle that uses compressed hydrogen to generate electricity which powers the drive motor for propulsion. The fuel cell generates electricity through an electro-chemical reaction, leaving only water and heat as by-products.
The demo hydrogen fuelled bus launched last week has been developed by Tata Motors where the Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) fuel cell was outsourced.
R Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, and board members of IOC flagged of the hydrogen fuel bus on Saturday, also marking the inauguration of IOC’s Fuel Cell laboratory at the company’s R&D facility at Faridabad in Haryana.
According the Ramakumar, IOC’s recently inaugurated Fuel Cell Laboratory at Faridabad in Haryana is also working on developing PEM fuel cell used for transport application apart from Solid Oxide Fuel Cell which can be used for stationary assets including telecom towers.
According to IOC, Tata Motors has requested the fuel retailer to collaborate on developing hydrogen fuel cell technology, providing hydrogen gas and production technology. Ramakumar informed IOC is already producing hydrogen gas and IOC’s R&D facility in Faridabad houses the country’s first hydrogen filling station. Read More
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