The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in collaboration with NTPC is gearing up to launch a Hydrogen fuel cell-based bus project in the union territory of Leh, MNRE secretary Anand Kumar said.
“MNRE and NTPC propose to launch a pilot Fuel Cell Bus Transformation project in an effort to make Leh carbon-neutral,” Kumar said after chairing an expert meeting on Hydrogen-Mission on 19th February. The secretary had invited industry and other stakeholders for their suggestions for drafting the policy on Hydrogen Mission.
On January 17, 2020, speaking at India Energy Forum - Renewable Energy Summit, he had said: “We are trying to set up a hydrogen mission. Hydrogen as a source of energy can decarbonise industries like steel, aviation etc. It can act as an energy carrier and can meet the demand of trains and transportation sector like cars, buses etc. We are leaving no stone unturned to analyse the situation and carrying out research and development in all the applicable and futuristic areas.”
Later in January, the MNRE secretary met an Italian delegation to discuss new opportunities for collaboration and potential investment projects in the fields of hydrogen, fuel cells and electrolszers. He also met a representative from International Energy Agency to discuss the promotion of hydrogen as an energy carrier.
Apart from the hydrogen mission, MNRE has already launched a plan for implementation of 23 gigawatt of mega solar and transmission projects in the Leh and Ladakh regions. The phase-I of the project would entail setting up 2,500 MW Solar PV Capacity in Kargil region (Ladakh) and 5,000 MW in Leh district.