Sunday, 28 July 2013

First fuel cell bus in india

Isro, Tata Motors develop India's
first fuel cell bus
PTI | Jul 28, 2013, 08.20PM IST
BANGALORE: For the first time in the
country, a Hydrogen-powered
automobile bus has been developed
by Tata Motors Limited (TML) and
Isro after several years of research.
The hydrogen fuel-fitted bus was
demonstrated at Liquid Propulsion
Systems Centre, an Isro facility in
Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu.

It's a CNG-type bus. Hydrogen in
bottles at high pressure is stored at
the top of the bus and there would
be zero pollution.
The hydrogen cells were a spin-off of
the cryogenic technology that Isro
had been developing for the last few
years, the Bangalore-headquartered
Isro officials said.
"That's not exactly the cryogenic
technology...(It's) liquid hydrogen
handling and that's where Isro has
some expertise," they said.
Isro has a very rich technology in
producing, storing and handling
gaseous and liquid hydrogen in the
last three decades. Its expertise is
also in safety. An Isro team had
generated technical specifications for
all the elements and general
specifications for the bus.
According to honorary adviser of Isro
V Gnana Gandhi, who led the
technical team in this project, Isro
and TML entered into an MoU in 2006
to design and develop an automobile
bus using hydrogen as a fuel through
fuel cell route.

Gandhi, a Padmashree awardee and
retired scientist from Isro, and Dr M
Raja, DGM of TML made the
announcement the two organisations
have developed fuel cell bus for the
first time in India, which will run on
"This is a leap for automobile
industry for future transportation. In
this vehicle there will be zero
pollution since the product of cold
combustion is water. This is a result
of great team work of Tata Motors
and Isro specialists with contributions
from DSIR (Department of Scientific
and Industrial Research) and PESO
(Petroleum and Explosive Safety
Organisation)," Gandhi told PTI here
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