The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has invited proposals under a pilot project to make four hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses with a minimum seating capacity of 25 passengers each. The MNRE invites preliminary project proposals for pilot demonstration of four hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses, with minimum 25 passenger seating capacity, in the Delhi-NCR region, an office order of the ministry stated.
According to the order, the preliminary proposals will be examined by a committee constituted for the purpose, and shortlisted proposers will be invited to submit final proposal. The objective of the move is to acquire know-how of operation of hydrogen fuel cell-powered transportation.
The ministry intends to demonstrate fuel cell vehicle technology by operating and testing the vehicles under real world conditions in Delhi-NCR and also wants to explore prospects for commercialisation, identifying potential techno-economic hurdles and proposing solutions. The scope of the project would include pilot demonstration of four hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses, with minimum 25 passenger seating capacity, in the Delhi-NCR region operation for five years; refuelling and upkeep of the buses; obtaining requisite statuary permits, clearances and ensuring safety requirements; and collecting performance data.
The proposal will target end-to-end complete technological solutions. Proposing institution may consider evolving multidisciplinary, multi-institutional and multi-partner approach with clearly identified and complementary role of each member, it added. Under this pilot project, any any industry, by themselves, or in collaboration with academic institutions and research organisations, government agencies, or any other competent group can send the proposals.