Sentient Labs demonstrated India's first truly indigenously developed Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus.
Sentient Labs, an R&D innovation lab, building on technologies incubated by KPIT Technologies Ltd, demonstrated India’s first truly indigenously developed Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus. The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology has been developed in collaboration with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL) and Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR-CECRI).
Sentient Labs’ vision is to build technology solutions for the sustainable mobility with a current emphasis on hydrogen powered technologies. It has identified bottlenecks in battery technology, fuel cell technologies, and technologies for hydrogen generation. Recently, Sentient had announced the world’s first technology that generates hydrogen directly from agricultural residue for use in fuel cell-powered vehicles. This technology adds to the line-up of efforts around sustainable mobility.
In addition to the hydrogen fuel cell technology, Sentient Labs also indigenously designed and developed from ground up other key components like balance of plant, powertrain, and battery pack. All of these components have been deployed on a 9-meter, 32-seater, air-conditioned bus. This is designed to provide a range of 450km while utilizing 30kg of hydrogen. A modular architecture allows for changes in the design to suit requirements of range and operating conditions.
The fuel cell utilizes hydrogen and air to generate electricity to power the bus. The only effluent from the bus is water, therefore making it possibly the most environmentally friendly mode of transportation. For comparison, a single diesel bus plying on long distance routes typically emits 100 tons of CO2 annually and there are over a million such buses in India.
Putting both the technologies by Sentient together can be an environment friendly and economically attractive proposal. While hydrogen generation technology can provide an alternative source of revenue to farmers, replacing diesel buses with hydrogen fuel cell buses will improve air quality drastically and also reduce oil import costs.
“We are proud to launch an indigenously developed hydrogen fuel cell power bus. A strong technical team along with CSIR-NCL worked on several technology components. This will go a long way in powering Hydrogen Mission, AatmaNirbhar Bharat and importantly sustainable mobility. We envision that the solution will see wide-spread adoption powered by several partnerships. Our efforts will also be pivotal in enabling vehicle makers and suppliers to build a net-zero carbon path in India,” said Ravi Pandit, Chairman of Sentient Labs.
Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, Member of Board of Directors, Sentient Labs, said, “World over, efforts related to green hydrogen revolution are on, but Sentient Labs stands out. At Sentient, challenges that are core to India are understood, and solutions are developed. Digitization, decentralization and decarbonization is what India needs for sustainable mobility and these innovations from Sentient will go a long way.”