India’s first solar-powered hydrogen fueling station, supplied by Air Products was inaugurated recently at an event with chief guest Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Power, Coal, and New and Renewable Energy, in conjunction with Shri Upendra Tripathy, Secretary, Minister of New and Renewable Energy. Part of a mass public transport bus fueling and vehicle demonstration program, the SmartFuel station generates 100% renewable hydrogen from solar energy via an electrolyzer.
The station is located at the Solar Energy Center near Delhi and is 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.
UPES is executing this project and it is entirely funded by MNRE.
Although this is a demonstration project, this will be a major stepping stone for India to move towards the hydrogen economy.—Dr. Niranjan Raje, former director of Indian Oil and the Principal Investigator for this project
With the addition of this SmartFuel station, Air Products now has three hydrogen fueling stations operating in India. Air Products India installed, and in January 2012 commissioned, a hydrogen fueling dispenser in Pragati Maidan, Delhi to serve a fleet of hydrogen powered auto rickshaws. The three-wheeled hydrogen-powered fleet transports visitors at the Pragati Maidan, where many large public exhibitions are held. Air Products was also a key player in the opening of India’s first hydrogen/HCNG fueling station several years ago at a research and development center in Faridabad, south of New Delhi.
Worldwide, Air Products is the leading supplier of hydrogen to refineries to assist in producing cleaner burning transportation fuels and has vast experience in the hydrogen fueling industry. Several sites today for certain hydrogen fueling applications are fueling at rates of over 75,000 refills per year. Use of the company’s fueling technology is increasing and is over 1,000,000 hydrogen fills per year.