In India, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IndianOil), has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore to develop and demonstrate biomass gasification-based hydrogen generation technology. The process will help produce fuel cell grade hydrogen at an "affordable price" and accelerate IndianOil's journey towards a sustainable hydrogen economy.
Welcoming the initiative, Chairman of IndianOil Shirkant Madhav Vaidya, said that this collaboration will be a step forward in the generation of green hydrogen and strengthen the “promising foray” made by IndianOil’s R&D teams in the hydrogen economy landscape.
Hydrogen will emerge as the ultimate solution for a sustainable energy future, S M Vaidya said.
Giving details about the MoU, Dr SSV Ramakumar, Director R&D, said that IndianOil and IISc will jointly work for the optimization of both biomass gasification and hydrogen purification processes.
Bring hydrogen into the mainstream
The technology will be scaled-up and demonstrated at IndianOil’s R&D Centre at Faridabad. The hydrogen generated from the plant will be used in fuel cell buses as part of the Corporation’s larger aspiration to usher in a hydrogen economy in the country.
This move will be another step by the Fortune 500 energy company to bring hydrogen fuel into India’s mainstream energy matrix while utilizing the agrarian strengths of the country. The technology will provide a cleaner energy option for India and address the challenge of waste biomass disposal, thus improving the ambient air quality.
Hydrogen based fuel cell technology is a sustainable and ultimate green mobility solution for India. Fuel cell electric vehicles are powered by hydrogen and only emit pure water as tailpipe emissions. IndianOil has been pioneering hydrogen research in the country and recently launched the trial of 50 hydrogen-compressed natural gas (HCNG) fueled buses in Delhi.