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India’s first Hydrogen Fuel Cell-powered bus flagged off by IOC

 India Oil Corporation (IOC), the country’s largest fuel retailer, on Monday 12 March 2018 announced the successful demonstration trials of India’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered bus in collaboration with Tata Motors.

The project is being executed under the partial financial support from Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), IOC said in a statement.

“Hydrogen is considered to be the fuel of the future and using the fuel cell technology, very high efficiencies can be achieved with water as the only component in the exhaust. To be fueled at nation’s first hydrogen dispensing facility at R&D Centre of IndianOil, the vehicle would be subjected to long duration trials to understand the durability and efficacy of the fuel cell technology for mobility applications,” IOC said.

IOC’s Director-Research & Development (R&D) S S V Ramakumar had told ETEnergyWorld in June last year that the company is working on a strategy to enter into the battery vertical with its improved lead-acid battery and has been researching on lithium-ion based batteries and had hinted at creating batteries which are not lithium or lead-based.

“We are strategizing to enter into the battery vertical with our improved lead-acid battery. We are also working on lithium-ion battery chemistry for improved performance. Besides these, we have been exploring on creating batteries which are not lithium or lead-based. There are a couple of options in front of us and we plan to embark upon R&D in some such options very soon,” Ramakumar told ETEnergyWorld.

R Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, and board members of IOC flagged of the bus on Saturday, also marking the inauguration of IOC’s Fuel Cell laboratory at the company’s R&D facility at Faridabad in Haryana.

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