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India commissions first solar-powered hydrogen station

A solar-powered hydrogen fuelling station will come onstream in 2013 at a solar energy centre in Delhi

Air Products' hydrogen fuelling technology and infrastructure will be part of a mass public transit bus fuelling and vehicle demonstration program in India

Global technology company 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 fuelling station.

Air Products' hydrogen fuelling technology and infrastructure will be part of a mass public transit bus fuelling and vehicle demonstration program administered by UPES.

The station, which will generate hydrogen from solar energy via an electrolyser 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 per cent 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," said Nigel Gibson, managing director - Air Products India.

"Our customers are recognising 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 Indian government.

"Although this is a demonstration project, this will be a major stepping stone for India to move towards the hydrogen economy," said 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 fuelling 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 fuelling station several years ago at a research and development centre in Faridabad, south of New Delhi.