Hexagon Purus, a world leading supplier of zero emission mobility solutions, has received its first orders for Type 4 high-pressure hydrogen cylinders from Reliance Industries Limited (“Reliance”), India’s largest private sector company. The hydrogen cylinders will be used as prototypes in pilot projects for automotive and back-up power solutions and represents Hexagon Purus’ first ever orders for hydrogen applications in India.
The orders represent Reliance’s first step towards positioning themselves as a leading clean energy player, supporting the transition to a zero-emission society in India. Reliance recently announced a USD 80 billion investment program into clean energy whereby hydrogen will play a pivotal role to drive decarbonization.
“We are pleased to receive our first orders for India, and to support Reliance in the beginning of their exciting journey to transform India to a globally leading hydrogen economy,” says Frank Häberli, SVP Asia, Hexagon Purus.
India is the world’s third-largest energy consumer. By 2030, India aims to have 50% of its energy requirements from renewable energy and to reduce total projected carbon emissions by one billion tons compared to 2005 levels.
Back-up power represents a segment with significant untapped potential to reduce carbon emissions. In India alone there are over 680,000 mobile towers using diesel generators as back-up power. Finding a solution that can run on hydrogen will fast-track the emissions reductions within the segment.
Hydrogen is considered a key lever in helping reach India’s ambition of cleaner air initiatives in public transport. Reliance is pushing for the development of hydrogen automotive infrastructure along selected highways connecting the major cities in India.
The cylinders are due to be delivered in the first half of 2022.