Adani in hydrogen trucking joint venture

India’s Adani group is to deploy hydrogen fuel cell operated trucks for mining logistics and transportation as part of its ongoing decarbonisation plan.

The project to develop a hydrogen fuel cell electric truck (FCET) for mining logistics and transportation has been reached in conjunction with with Ashok Leyland, India, and Ballard Power, Canada.

This collaboration is understood to be Asia’s first planned hydrogen powered mining truck.

While AEL will lead the demonstration project, Ballard — a uel cell engine manufacturer — will supply the FCmoveTM fuel cell engine for the hydrogen truck. Ashok Leyland will provide the vehicle platform and technical support. 

The new trucks are set to be launched this year.

The Adani Group had previously announced it plans to invest more than $50 billion over the next 10 years in green hydrogen and associated ecosystems corresponding to a capacity of up to 3 million tons of green hydrogen annually.

Vinay Prakash, director, AEL and CEO, Adani Natural Resources said: “This pioneering and ambitious green hydrogen project holds a strong promise for India’s future energy self-reliance.”

“This experience of handling hydrogen as a fuel for commercial fleet not only prepones the advent of hydrogen technology for the mining and logistics sector in the country but will also enable other businesses to opt for long-term sustainable solutions transitioning fleets in ports, airports and in their industrial operations,” he said.

The hydrogen powered mining truck will weigh 55 tons, have three hydrogen tanks, a 200-km working range, and powered by Ballard’s 120 kW PEM fuel cell technology.

“After signing a MoU with the Adani Group last year, we are eager to move our partnership forward and welcome the chance to cooperate with cutting-edge businesses like Adani,” added Randy MacEwen, CEO, Ballard Power Systems.

“Our technology offers a strong value proposition for their heavy-duty mining truck with our zero emission engines providing long range, rapid refueling and heavy payload capabilities.”