India’s Green Hydrogen Mission Gets a Boost from Hydrogen Fuel Cell E-Buses Trial
India’s Green Hydrogen Mission takes a big step as Oil India Limited (OIL) tests hydrogen fuel cell e-buses in Jorhat. How quickly and widely the mission happens will depend a lot on how cheap and easy it is to get the technology.
Grey hydrogen, which comes from fossil fuels, is a dirtier fuel than green hydrogen, which is created by electrolyzing water. The cost of electrolyzers and renewable energy for electrolysis are significant contributors to the cost of producing green hydrogen. Green hydrogen will be less expensive if capital investment costs, water supply and treatment costs, storage costs, and distribution costs are reduced.
According to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, hybrid renewable energy power plants that combine solar and wind energy with energy storage technologies can improve the availability and reliability of renewable electricity.
Lower production costs and increased capacity utilization at green hydrogen production facilities may follow from this.
The National Green Hydrogen Mission, which aims to turn India into a hub for the production, use, and export of green hydrogen and its byproducts, has received approval from the Union Cabinet. The commercial deployment of hydrogen fuel cell electric buses and the creation of domestic demand both depend on the trial’s successful conclusion.
By 2030, the Central Government wants to create 5 million metric tons of green hydrogen per year, with 70% going for export and 30% going for local use. The mission has already taken a number of significant actions, including the elimination of interstate transmission fees and the notification of regulations to enable the supply of renewable energy for the generation of green hydrogen.
For the purpose of lowering emissions and meeting climate targets, the transportation industry must be decarbonized. Enhancing public transportation choices can help lower the number of fossil fuel-powered automobiles on the road and lower air pollution levels.
In general, the hydrogen fuel cell e-bus trial run in Jorhat is a significant development that opens the door for India’s Green Hydrogen Mission. The adoption of green hydrogen and the shift to a cleaner, more sustainable transportation industry will be largely influenced by affordability, availability, and technological breakthroughs.