The National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC), New Delhi and the Hydrogen Energy Centre at Banaras Hindu University have agreed to collaborate in research on carbon neutral green energy and pilot project of hydrogen energy development.
According to the coordinator Prof ON Srivastava, a meeting of scientists was held on Thursday in this regard. He said that the Union Budget for 2021-22 has announced a National Hydrogen Energy Mission (NHM) that will draw up a road map for using hydrogen as an energy source. The NHM initiative will capitalise on one of the most abundant elements on earth (Hydrogen) for a cleaner alternative fuel option. There is a provision of special financial assistance for research and pilot plant, he added.
Srivastava said that in this context, the general manager of national hydro power project Dr Prashant Atre consulted the scientists of Hydrogen Energy Centre of the BHU’s Physics department, and both the institutions planned for research and a pilot project in this direction.
Srivastava and other scientists including Prof RS Tiwari, Prof Abu Saz, Dr TP Yadav, Dr Sterling Hudson and 10 other researchers of the centre took part in the discussion with Atre. Srivastava made a powerpoint presentation of the research on hydrogen energy and the devices developed at the centre like hydrogen fuelled motorcycle, auto, nano car, cooking oven/stove, genset and hydrogen fuelled turbine.