GAIL(India) and US-based Bloom Energy signed a pact on Monday to bring natural gas-based fuel cell technology in India. The technology would generate electricity with lower emission levels.
Speaking on the occasion, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said he would soon send a proposal to Lok Sabha Speaker to do a pilot project in Parliament building where human and other biowaste would be converted into gas or fuel.
The solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology of Bloom Energy Servers convert fuel into electricity using natural gas. The gas is used as the base fuel to generate reliable and resilient power.
This generated power in a highly efficient non-combustible process that reduces emissions of greenhouse gas and harmful air pollutants, with minimal use of water.
The Bloom Energy Servers could be installed onsite at any operating premises or building and can be plugged into natural gas pipeline to generate uninterrupted, efficient, noise-less power round-the-clock.
GAIL's subsidiary at Bengaluru is already supplying natural gas for energising a multi-MW Bloom Energy project for a large global technology company at the Technology Park. The minister said that this technology will help in providing cleaner power in the urban areas.