NEW DELHI || Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has called for exploring new sources of energy to diversify the energy mix. Exhorting automakers to develop economical, innovative and sustainable solutions towards achieving greener and safer mobility ecosystem in the country, the minister also took a first-hand experience of a Hydrogen fuel cell-based car manufactured by Toyota Kirloskar.
Pradhan mentioned that in the rapidly evolving energy landscape, hydrogen offers an eco-friendly & innovative solution for sustainable & green transport fuel. He expressed happiness in learning that the only emission from this car is water. He further stated that hydrogen can be produced from various sources including biomass, renewables, LNG etc. and possesses high energy density and long-time storage.
Calling for greater cost efficiency as the technology evolves, the minister said that while hydrogen and hybrid technologies are promising, the manufacturing cost of this high-end technology still needs to be worked upon to make it more affordable in the Indian scenario.
The minister also emphasized that it is imperative for automakers to develop economical, innovative and sustainable solutions towards achieving greener and safer mobility ecosystem in the country.
Talking about energy transition, and switch to cleaner fuel, he said, “India is undergoing energy transition and impacting global energy transition in a big way. We are exploring new sources of energy to create a sustainable and responsible model of the energy transition. Switch to cleaner forms of energy will also contribute towards ensuring a cleaner environment for our people”.
The Minister also suggested planning a workshop for brainstorming with experts and all stakeholders for a greater understanding of hydrogen technology in the Indian context.