Jh’khand govt inks deal with TGESPL to set up hydrogen fuel plant

As per the agreement, TCPL Green Energy Solutions Pvt Ltd is supposed to produce over 4,000 hydrogen IC engine/fuel agnostic engine and more than 10,000 battery system

Hydrogen Fuel Plant

Ranchi: The Jharkhand government on Friday entered in to an agreement with TCPL Green Energy Solutions Private Ltd (TGESPL), a joint venture company of Tata Motors and Cummins Inc, USA, to set up the country’s “first” hydrogen fuel project in Jamshedpur.

The hydrogen fuel plan is estimated to be set up at the cost of ₹354.28 crore, officials said. The agreement was signed in presence of Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, for setting up the project. Secretary, industries department, Jitendra Kumar Singh signed the MoU on behalf of the state government.

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As per the agreement, the TCPL Green Energy Solutions Private Ltd is supposed to produce over 4,000 hydrogen internal combustion (IC) engine/fuel agnostic engine and more than 10,000 battery system. “The facility is expected to start commercial production in March 2024, and likely provide employment to about 1,000 people directly or indirectly,” the officials said.

Executive director, Tata Motors, Girish Wagh said that the company is committed to provide green, smart and safe mobility. This investment will create an anchor enterprise to develop a robust supply ecosystem through value chain creation, the company said.

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Soren had earlier announced that the hydrogen IC engine and fuel-agnostic engine will be developed in Jamshedpur by TCPL Green Energy Solutions. He had given approval to the investment proposal for the unit for manufacturing advance chemistry battery, H2 fuel cell and H2 fuel delivery system. “There are several advantages of hydrogen fuel, as it is available in abundance and does not emit harmful substances,” the officials added.

TCPL GES is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Cummins Pvt Ltd. TCPL is a 50:50 joint venture between Tata Motors and the global power technology major, Cummins Inc.

“We have an intimate understanding of heavy-duty applications and a clear view of the work required to transition the commercial vehicle industry to cleaner powertrains. In line with our Destination Zero strategy, this MoU is a significant milestone on our path to zero emissions,” said Ajay Patil, CFO, Cummins Group in India.

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With the recent acquisition of Merito, Cummins has expanded its portfolio to include drivetrain, mobility, braking, aftermarket, and electric powertrain solutions for commercial vehicles, and industrial markets.

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