Of late, worldwide priority has been on harnessing renewable energies, especially solar and wind energies. However, Fuel Cells are also creating their own space. Whether Fuel Cells are falling within the domain of traditional definition of renewable energies – that is still debatable. However, there is a wide potential of these devices as standalone power sources and they have also shown their capabilities as complementary components to the solar and wind projects.
India is advancing with a holistic target, thus our government, industrial entities and scientists are continuously working on developing and improving Fuel Cells to bring them to the forefront of the industry. Contextually, recently the researchers from The Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati have developed a bio-electrochemical device, Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) that can generate green energy by treating wastewater.
There are many other instances that establish India’s strong commitment towards bringing Fuel Cells to every sphere of life. For example, in March 2022, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari launched the world’s most advanced technology-developed Green Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) Toyota Mirai at New Delhi. Also, in February, Ballard Power Systems signed a non-binding MoU with the Adani Group to assess a joint investment case for commercialization of fuel cells in India.
The latest decision of Cochin Shipyard Limited to invest an initial corpus of Rs. 50 Crore in start-up companies engaged in the marine sector is highly admirable. The Union Government’s plan for building Hydrogen Fuelled Electric Vessels is definitely a forward-looking decision. Thus, I’m quite sure that within next few years, India will witness presence of Fuel Cells in most of the industrial sectors.