Air Products opens India’s first solar-powered hydrogen fuelling station
The US-based leading industrial gases company Air Productsrecently opened India’s first solar-powered renewable fuelling station in Delhi. Part of a mass public transport bus fuelling and vehicle demonstration program, the SmartFuel station, which was inaugurated by Piyush Goyal (minister for power, coal, and new & renewable energy), generates 100 percent renewablehydrogen from solar energy via an electrolyser. It is located at the Solar Energy Center near Delhi and part of a project managed by the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE). The project was also implemented by India’s University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) and funded by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) of the Government of India.
Ravi Subramanian, business development manager – Asia for Air Products’ Hydrogen Energy Systems, said, “As a member of industry, Air Products is proud to be involved in a program that has received such crucial validation and support from public sector, educational institute and the regulatory authorities. This project is an important, progressive step towards unlocking the potential of hydrogen as a sustainable transportation fuel and alternative energy source, not just for India but the rest of the world.”