PM Modi to launch India’s first hydrogen fuel cell ferry today

PM Modi to launch India’s first hydrogen fuel cell ferry today

The fully indigenous vessel is designed, developed and constructed by Cochin Shipyard Ltd.

  • By ICN Bureau | February 28, 2024

Prime Minister Modi will unveil India's 1st hydrogen fuel vessel developed indigenously at Cochin Shipyard Limited. This Zero Emission, Zero Noise Vessel is a revolutionary step towards India becoming a Hydrogen Fuel Vessel Manufacturer.

India's commitment to a sustainable future aims for net zero emissions by 2070. At the forefront of this endeavour is the adoption of green hydrogen as a maritime fuel. In line with the Government of India’s green vision, Cochin Shipyard has embarked on an ambitious endeavour to design, develop and construct India's first fully indigenous hydrogen fuel cell catamaran ferry vessel as a pilot project to demonstrate the technology for the maritime sector. Fuel cell powered vessels are having zero emission, zero noise and energy efficiency which in turn reduce the effect of global warming. 

The inauguration of this project will provide impetus for using Hydrogen in marine application as envisaged under National Green Hydrogen Mission and early adoption of hydrogen fuel cell technology in the marine sector will provide it a global competitive advantage where by meeting sustainable green energy aspiration of our Nation for net zero emission.

Under the Harit Nauka initiative, the vessel represents a groundbreaking leap towards embracing clean energy alternatives and aligning with India's ambitious net-zero commitments. Built at an estimated cost of Rs.  17.5 crore, the vessel's development underscores a concerted effort to integrate green hydrogen technology into the country's transportation sector.

The Ministry of Shipping has provided substantial funding, covering 75 percent of the vessel's total cost, signaling strong governmental support for innovative eco-friendly initiatives. Originally scheduled for delivery by March-April, CSL remains at the forefront of this technological advancement, with the hydrogen fuel cell technology being developed domestically and supplied by a Pune-based firm.

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