India is working on hydrogen fuel cell technology that will help the country meet CO2 emissions targets by 2030, as it strives to solve growing alternative energy needs.

In order to achieve this, in 2015 it opened its first solar-powered hydrogen fuel station at the National Institute of Solar Energy, an autonomous institute under the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

The hydrogen fuel station was inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with French President François Hollande, during his visit to India for Republic Day celebrations.

India has been producing hydrogen by using a solar-powered electrolyser, which splits water into hydrogen and oxygen and purifies the former. Speaking on the development and how India will use hydrogen fuel for purpose of transportation, an energy researcher involved in the project said the country is so vast that there is a need to get more alternate means of energy to meet growing demand – and hydrogen fuel is an important part of this diversification.

The new fuelling station appears to be just the beginning, as more such stations will be set up in many cities in the next few years, the researcher stressed.

The fuel station project was financed by MNRE, and is managed by Indian Oil’s R&D centre and the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies.