First indigenous fuel cell system launched

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President Ram Nath Kovind, unveiled the first Indigenous High Temperature Fuel Cell System on the occasion of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Foundation Day.

  • The Fuel cell system is developed by CSIR in partnership with Indian industries under India’s flagship program named “New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative (NMITLI)”.
  • The fuel cell generates 5.0 kW power in a green manner using methanol / bio-methane.
  • The cell amounts to greater than 70% efficiency, which may not be possible by other energy sources.
  • The system of the cell is based on High Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane (HTPEM) Technology.

The areas of use of the fuel cell are:

    • Distributed stationary power applications like; for commercial units, data centres, small offices, etc.
    • Backup power generator for telecom towers, remote locations and strategic applications.
  • The development would help in replacing Diesel Generating (DG) sets and reduce India’s dependence on crude oil.