Hydrogen fuel based buses and cars: Expression of Interest issued by NTPC

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  • April 27, 2020
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Hydrogen fuel based buses and cars: Expression of Interest issued by NTPC

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Environment; Science and Technology

In News:

  • NTPC Ltd, has invited Global Expression of Interest (EoI) to provide Hydrogen Fuel Cell (FC) based electric buses and electric cars in Leh and Delhi.
  • NTPC Ltd. Is India’s largest power producer and a central PSU under Ministry of Power.

Key takeaways:

  • The move to procure Hydrogen Fuel Cell based vehicles is first of its kind project in the country.
  • Under this project, a complete solution from green energy to the fuel cell vehicle would be developed.
  • The initiative has been undertaken with support of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  • The initiative will also harness renewable energy for generation of hydrogen and develop its storage and dispensation facilities at Leh and Delhi.
  • The project aims at reducing carbon emissions from automobiles.

Important value additions:

Hydrogen Fuel

  • Hydrogen does not occur free in nature in useful quantities.
  • It can be made from natural gas or it can be made by passing electric current through water.
  • When hydrogen is burned, it only emits water vapour and carbon dioxide (CO2) is not produced. 
  • It is more efficient than internal combustion engine. 
  • However, manufacturing hydrogen fuel based vehicle is still expensive.

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