Air Products to Build India's First Solar Powered Hydrogen Station

29 Nov 2012

Air Products India

Air Products (NYSE: APD) today announced it 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 refuelling station (HRS). Air Products’ hydrogen filling technology and infrastructure will be part of a mass public transit bus refuelling 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 on-stream in July 2013.

“The hydrogen generated at this station will be 100 percent renewable and illustrates both India’s commitment to developing greener alternate energy sources and Air Products’ hydrogen refuelling 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 Government of India.

Once complete, the UPES project will mark the third Air Products HRS operating in India. Air Products India installed, and in January 2012 commissioned, a hydrogen dispenser in Pragati Maidan, 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 HRS several years ago at a research and development centre in Faridabad, south of New Delhi.

Source: Air Products

Image of Pragati Maidan Hall 6, Source: Wikimedia Commons


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