India's first hydrogen fuelling station was officially opened last Sunday by minister of petroleum and natural gas.

This is the first phase of India's development of its hydrogen economy. The facility, a hydrogen/compressed natural gas (HCNG) blend and pure hydrogen dispensing station, is located at the Indian Oil Corporation’s R&D centre, in Faridabad, north of New Delhi.

The fuelling station, owned by the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), has been supplied by Air Products and its Indian joint venture company INOX Air Products Ltd.

Air Products and INOX won the contract after an open tendering process, which was in place from the start. The equipment consists of a HCNG mixing unit and dual dispensing unit, which has the ability to fuel vehicles with either a HCNG blend, or with pure hydrogen.

The unit will enable IOCL to reduce the carbon and NOX emissions from compressed natural gas vehicles by adding hydrogen to natural gas. IOCL plans to run at least four vehicles as part of its test programme. This installation is the first step towards building an infrastructure required for pure hydrogen based fuelling systems.

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