Air Products has been awarded a contract with India's University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) to build the country's first solar powered renewable hydrogen fueling station. Air Products' hydrogen fueling technology and infrastructure will be part of a mass public transit bus fueling and vehicle demonstration program administered by UPES. The station, which will generate hydrogen from solar energy via an electrolyzer and be located at the Solar Energy Centre near Delhi, is scheduled to be onstream in July 2013.
"The hydrogen generated at this station will be 100% renewable and illustrates both India's commitment to developing greener alternate energy sources and Air Products' hydrogen fueling capabilities. The UPES project will act as a springboard for many more opportunities in the automotive and telecommunication sectors in India," says Nigel Gibson, managing director, Air Products India. "Our customers are recognizing the capabilities of our local team in dealing with the complexities of the regulatory authorities to validate hydrogen as a fuel, and to provide the support they need to successfully execute these projects."
UPES is executing this project in collaboration with Indian Oil and it is entirely funded by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) of the Government of India. "Although this is a demonstration project, this will be a major stepping stone for India to move towards the hydrogen economy," says Dr. Niranjan Raje, former director of Indian Oil and the Principle Investigator for this project.
Once complete, the UPES project will mark the third Air Products hydrogen fueling station operating in India. Air Products India installed, and in January 2012 commissioned, a hydrogen fueling dispenser in Pragati Maiden, 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 fueling station several years ago at a research and development center in Faridabad, south of New Delhi.