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.