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Hydrogen energy projects cleared

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NEW DELHI, SEPT. 15. The National Hydrogen Energy Board today cleared projects on production, storage, delivery and application of Hydrogen that will be undertaken in the first phase of Hydrogen Energy Programme in the next three years for which Rs.450-crore fund has been mooted.

Talking to the media after the Board's second meeting here, S.K. Chopra, Adviser in the Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources, said a budgetary provision of Rs. 250 crores had been proposed besides forming Rs.200-crore corpus fund for the project. Apart from involving Government funds and resources, efforts were on to seek cooperation from the private sector.

The meeting was attended by Vilas Muttemvar, Minister of State for Non-Conventional Energy Sources, Kirit Parikh, Member (Energy) in the Planning Commission, Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Sons, Anand Mahindra, Vice-President, Mahindra & Mahindra, S.K. Munjal, President, Confederation of Indian Industry and several senior functionaries of other trade bodies. Both the Government officials and private sector representatives presented their recommendations.

Dr. Chopra said if everything goes as planned, India might see hydrogen being used as transport fuel. "The Ministry is working out the details of the National Hydrogen Energy Road Map which will provide the basis for coordinated development on all aspects of hydrogen. A steering group under Mr. Tata is working on preparation of an action plan on specific demonstration projects and related aspects leading to the preparation of the road map."

He further announced that Indian Oil Corporation would go ahead with its project to produce "Hyathane", a blend of Hydrogen and CNG, from next year in Delhi, Faridabad and Mathura. Initially, 10 per cent hydrogen would be mixed with CNG, and by 2006 this ratio would go up to the extent of 30 per cent.

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