Leh, India (Urban Transport News): In a remarkable stride towards achieving a carbon-neutral Ladakh, NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation) is charting an innovative path. The establishment of a Hydrogen Fuelling Station, coupled with a Solar Plant and the introduction of five Fuel Cell buses, heralds a new era of sustainable transportation within the region.
On August 17th, a significant milestone was reached as the first hydrogen bus arrived in Leh, Ladakh. This marked the commencement of a three-month-long process involving field trials, roadworthiness tests, and statutory procedures. The introduction of hydrogen buses on public roads in India for the first time is a monumental step towards cleaner and greener mobility.
At an altitude of 11,562 feet, the Green Hydrogen Mobility Project is co-located with a dedicated Solar Plant boasting a capacity of 1.7 MW. This synergy ensures a continuous supply of renewable power, forming the foundation for the hydrogen fuelling station and fuel cell buses. What sets these buses apart is their capability to operate seamlessly in sub-zero temperatures and at high altitudes, showcasing their adaptability to Ladakh's unique climatic conditions.
NTPC is firmly committed to achieving a Renewable Energy capacity of 60 GW by 2032, positioning itself as a major player in the Green Hydrogen Technology and Energy Storage domain. The company's efforts towards decarbonization encompass diverse initiatives, including Hydrogen blending, Carbon Capture, Electric Vehicle (EV) buses, and the development of Smart NTPC Townships.
The foundation for this pioneering project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in July 2022. The green hydrogen mobility project in Leh stands as a testament to India's commitment to embracing sustainable and innovative energy solutions. It is envisioned that this pilot project will see the deployment of five Fuel Cell Buses, revolutionizing public transportation in and around Leh. This endeavor marks a significant leap forward in the country's pursuit of a cleaner and greener future.
As Ladakh's landscapes prepare to welcome these fuel cell buses, NTPC's Green Hydrogen Mobility Project signifies a monumental step towards sustainable transportation solutions that resonate not only within the region but also across the nation.