IIT Varanasi researchers develop machine to provide ultra-pure Hydrogen
Scientists at Indian Institute of Know-how (IIT), BHU declare to have developed a first-of-its-kind machine in India for the on-site manufacturing of ultra-pure Hydrogen. Based on the workforce, at a time when India has dedicated to zero web emissions by 2070 on the COP26 Local weather Summit it is a main improvement within the Nations Sustainable Improvement Objectives, the machine is 100 per cent indigenous and each element made in IIT (Banaras Hindu College) services.
“Easily installable in petrol pumps, some of the critical needs the device delivers include generating hydrogen for hydrogen vehicles, making charging of electric vehicles easy and supply of power to mobile towers, among others. The compact and ergonomically designed device caters towards sustainability and portrays socio and economic benefits,” stated Rajesh Kumar Upadhyay, Affiliate Professor, Division of Chemical Engineering and Know-how.
“It is based on membrane technology for on-site production of ultra-pure hydrogen from methanol. It generates hydrogen, which is fed to the fuel cell to generate power (electricity). Further, the produced power can be used for EV charging, supplying power to mobile towers, and can also be installed at petrol pumps to generate hydrogen for hydrogen-based vehicles,” he added.
Mr Upadhyay claimed that the machine is simple to make use of and covers a minimal area of two m2 (sq. meter) space. Furthermore, it requires solely 0.6 lit/hr of methanol for the manufacturing of round 900 lit/hr of hydrogen. The federal government lately launched the Nationwide Hydrogen Mission and Nationwide Electrical Mobility Mission Plan to cut back the carbon footprint and dependency on fossil fuels.
“However, it pertains to two major concerns — firstly, charging EVs through clean and green energy and secondly, commercialising hydrogen energy’s storage and transportation. We recently demonstrated this device and produced 1kW power by integrating it with a PEM fuel cell. The team is also developing a self-sustaining device that will not require any external energy for its operation,” he stated.
Mr Upadhyay and his workforce are additionally working to make the same type of machine that can be operated utilizing pure gasoline. It is going to produce hydrogen at a a lot decrease value and can be much more compact. The undertaking is funded by GAIL (India) Ltd. He added that quickly he’ll begin testing the pure gas-based machine for on-site hydrogen technology.
Pramod Kumar Jain, Director IIT (BHU) Varanasi, stated, “The developed device can potentially change the hydrogen energy prospects in India and make hydrogen an energy source for fuelling India’s transportation and power needs. This technology can be a turning point not only in the research areas but also to each and every individual in one way or the other.”
“With efficient experts and researchers on board, the institute is working on all aspects of hydrogen energy and is willing to establish a centre of excellence in the institute to accommodate the production and utilisation of hydrogen energy for useful applications, especially in the transport and mobile sector,” he added.
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