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Air Products to build first renewable hydrogen fuelling station in India

Air Products has been awarded a contract with the University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES) in India, to build the country’s first solar powered renewable hydrogen fuelling station. The station is scheduled to be onstream in July 2013.

Air Products’ hydrogen fuelling technology and infrastructure will be part of a mass public transit bus fuelling and vehicle demonstration programme administered by UPES. The station, which will generate hydrogen using solar energy via an electrolyser, will be located at the Solar Energy Centre in Gwalpahari, near Delhi.

‘The hydrogen generated at this station will be 100 percent renewable, and illustrates both India’s commitment to developing greener alternative energy sources and Air Products’ hydrogen fuelling capabilities,’ says Nigel Gibson, Managing Director of Air Products India. ‘The UPES project will act as a springboard for many more opportunities in the automotive and telecommunication sectors in India.’

UPES is executing this project in collaboration with IndianOil, and it is entirely funded by the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), which operates the Solar Energy Centre.

‘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.

The company has been involved in over 150 hydrogen fuelling projects in the US and 19 other countries, providing refuelling for cars, trucks, vans, buses, scooters, forklifts, locomotives, planes, cell towers, material handling equipment, and even submarines.

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