According to the Times of India, New Delhi’s National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) and Banaras Hindu University’s Hydrogen Energy Centre have agreed to partner on carbon-neutral renewable energy studies and a hydrogen energy pilot project.
On Thursday, a meeting of scientists was held in this regard, according to the coordinator Prof ON Srivastava. He mentioned that a National Hydrogen Energy Mission (NHM) has been declared in the Union Budget for 2021-22, which will lay out a roadmap for using hydrogen as a source of energy. The NHM project would use one of the most available elements on the planet (hydrogen) to create a more environmentally efficient renewable fuel supply.
Srivastava and other scientists from the centre, including Prof RS Tiwari, Prof Abu Saz, Dr TP Yadav, Dr Sterling Hudson, and ten other researchers, spoke with Atre. Srivastava gave a powerpoint presentation about the center’s hydrogen energy research and the devices it has created, including hydrogen-fueled motorcycles, automobiles, nanocars, cooking ovens/stoves, generators, and hydrogen-fueled turbines.
In addition, research undertaken by the chemistry and botany departments was addressed in order to mitigate the effects of climate change caused by carbon emissions, he said, noting that particular attention was paid to research focused on the conservation of hydrogen by producing hydride, which could be used to power auto-rickshaws. Since hydride is the best and most powerful form of hydrogen storage, further research was decided upon.
Other types of hydrogen energy, such as solar photovoltaic electrolysis and photo electrochemical photo catalytic, were also explored for future study in addition to solar photovoltaic electrolysis. It was also decided to extend the capability of the center’s solar photovoltaic electrolysis facility, he said.