Hydrogen generation technology – a step into the future
Whats the Talk of the town?
Bengaluru based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the Research and Development Centre of Indian Oil Corporation Limited have signed an MoU to develop and demonstrate biomass gasification-based hydrogen generation technology for producing fuel cell-grade hydrogen at an affordable price.
The technology is crucial for the fuel cell operated buses being conceived by Indian Oil towards ushering in the country’s hydrogen economy.
When and Where?
Signed on October 29 – The IISc and IndianOil will work jointly on the optimization of both biomass gasification and hydrogen purification processes – Under this MOU. Moreover, at Faridabad, the developed technology will be scaled up and demonstrated at IndianOils R&D Centre.
IISc has worked on biomass gasification and developed an innovative process for the production of hydrogen-rich syngas and a small-scale prototype is demonstrated in the IISc campus. And Indian Oil Corporation had recently launched trials of 50 buses in Delhi using hydrogen-CNG as a fuel, based on Indian oil patented single-step reforming technology. It is now working with IISc to use hydrogen production technology based on biomass gasification. The current initiative of producing fuel cell grade hydrogen from biomass is another step by IndianOil together with IISc to bring hydrogen fuel into India’s mainstream energy matrix while utilizing the agrarian strengths of the country.
Is it now possible that the use of this technology will not only provide a cleaner energy option for India but also be a step towards addressing the challenge of biomass waste?