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MNRE & NTPC to launch Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus project in Leh

MNRE & NTPC to launch Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus project in Leh

MNRE & NTPC to launch Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus project in Leh: MNRE Secy

NEW DELHI: The ministry of latest and renewable energy (MNRE) together with NTPC Ltd is gearing up to launch a Hydrogen fuel cell-based bus project within the union territory of Leh, MNRE secretary Anand Kumar said. ” Bus Transformation pilot cell project would be launched by MNRE and NTPC in an attempt to form Leh carbon-neutral,” Kumar said after chairing an expert meeting on Hydrogen-Mission on 19th February.

Stakeholders and industrialists are invited by the Secretary for his or her suggestions for drafting the policy on Hydrogen Mission. On January 17th this year, speaking at India Energy Forum – Renewable Energy Summit, he had said: “We try to line up a hydrogen mission by decarbonize industries like steel, aviation, etc, using Hydrogen as the Source of Energy, as It can act as an energy carrier and may meet the demand of trains and transportation sector like cars, buses, etc. We are leaving no stone unturned to analyze things and completing research and development altogether the applicable and futuristic areas.”

Apart from the hydrogen mission, MNRE has already launched an idea for the implementation of 23 gigawatts of mega solar and transmission projects within the Leh and Ladakh regions. Later in January, the MNRE secretary met an Italian delegation to debate new opportunities for collaboration and potential investment projects within the fields of hydrogen, fuel cells and electrolyzers. He also met a representative from the International Energy Agency to debate the promotion of hydrogen as an energy carrier. As the phase-I of the project would entail fixing 2,500 MW Solar PV Capacity in Kargil region (Ladakh) and 5,000 MW in Leh district. The government decided to found out a complete of 7,500 MW solar photo-voltaic power stations at an estimated cost of Rs 45,000 crore is currently the most important investment proposal for the newly carved Union Territory (UT).

Last year, Home minister Amit Shah said that development plans entailing total investments of Rs 50,000 crore in power, solar power, education, and tourism sectors are within the pipeline for the newly-created UT.

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