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ISRO,Tata Motors develop India’s first fuel cell bus

This is a leap for automobile industry for future transportation.

For the first time in the country,a Hydrogen-powered automobile bus has been developed by Tata Motors and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) after several years of research.

The hydrogen fuel-fitted bus was demonstrated at Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre,an ISRO facility in Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu on Sunday. It’s a CNG-type bus. Hydrogen in bottles at high pressure is stored at the top of the bus and there would be zero pollution.

The hydrogen cells were a spin-off of the cryogenic technology that ISRO had been developing for the last few years,the Bangalore-headquartered ISRO officials said.

“That’s not exactly the cryogenic technology…(It’s) liquid hydrogen handling and that’s where ISRO has some expertise,” they said.

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“This is a leap for automobile industry for future transportation. In this vehicle there ill be zero pollution since the product of cold combustion is water. This is a result of great team work of Tata Motors and ISRO specialists with contributions from DSIR and PESO,” said honorary adviser of ISRO V Gnana Gandhi,who led the technical team in this project.

First published on: 29-07-2013 at 01:11:42 am
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