Draft report on hydrogen energy and fuel cells: a way forward

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has released the "Draft report on hydrogen energy and fuel cells: a way forward" for public comments. Use of fossil fuels has become a part of daily energy needs and their requirement is increasing with the passage of time. Consumption of fossil fuels gives rise to the greenhouse gas emissions in the environment and causes ambient air pollution, which have now become global concerns. This coupled with the limited reserves of fossil fuels have encouraged and promoted the development and use of new and renewable energy sources, including hydrogen energy as an energy carrier. The technologies for production of hydrogen from new and renewable sources of energy are in the process of development and demonstration. In order to meet the future energy demands in sustainable and environment friendly manner, technologies are required to be developed for the production, storage and applications of hydrogen in transportation sector as well as for portable & stationary power generation.