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India's first indigenous green hydrogen fuel cell inland waterway vessel

Context

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the country's first indigenous green hydrogen fuel cell inland waterway vessel under the Harit Nauka initiative in Tamil Nadu's Thoothukudi.

About

  • The hydrogen-fueled electric vessel project is part of India's transformative efforts on the innovative and new technology fronts on green energy and sustainable cost-effective alternate fuel front.
  • Wide range of application: Hydrogen fuel cells can be used in a wide range of applications, including transportation, material handling, stationary, portable, and emergency backup power applications.
  • Environmental benefits: Hydrogen fuel cell powered vessel have zero emission, zero noise and energy efficient which in turn reduce the effect of global warming.
  • Promotion: The inauguration of this project will provide impetus for using hydrogen in marine application as envisaged under National Green Hydrogen Mission.
  • Competitive advantage: Early adoption of hydrogen fuel cell technology in the marine sector will provide it a global competitive advantage where by meeting sustainable green energy aspiration.

Why hydrogen?

  • India's commitment to a sustainable future aims for net zero emissions by 2070.
  • At the forefront of this endeavour is the adoption of green hydrogen as a maritime fuel.

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