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Adani Group has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Canada's Ballard Power Systems to evaluate a joint investment case for the commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cells in various mobility and industrial applications in India.

Under the MoU, both parties will examine various options to cooperate, including potential collaboration for fuel cell manufacturing in India, the Adani Group said in a release on Monday (21 February).

Hydrogen is increasingly viewed as a critical medium for the decarbonization of energy, industry, and mobility, the release said.

The company said that it aims to be one of the largest green hydrogen producers in the world through accelerated investment in renewable energy.

Efforts under this MoU will be anchored by Adani New Industries Limited (ANIL), the newly formed subsidiary of Adani Enterprises, focused on generation of green hydrogen, including downstream products, green electricity generation, manufacture of electrolyzers and wind turbines, among others, the company said.

“Green hydrogen is the fuel of the future and fuel cells will be a game-changer in India’s energy transition," said Vneet S Jaain, Director, Adani New Industries Limited (ANIL).

“Our ability to build a world-class green hydrogen value chain will be critical in facilitating the energy transition and we are excited to partner with Ballard, a global leader in fuel cell technology, to create a shared fuel cell ecosystem in India. We will be deploying innovative use cases across our businesses with fuel cell trucks, mining equipment, marine vessels, off-road vehicles, and critical industrial power. We will shape the industry through this strategic collaboration," said Jaain.

“We are excited to partner with Adani given Mr. Gautam Adani’s inspiring leadership and the highly complementary assets across the group portfolio,” said Randy MacEwen, Ballard’s President and CEO.

“India represents a new growth opportunity for Ballard, and we look forward to working with the Adani group to support and accelerate their energy transition and decarbonization goals," MacEwen added.

Ballard Power Systems is a developer and manufacturer of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell products.

Ballard zero-emission PEM fuel cells are enabling electrification of mobility, including buses, commercial trucks, trains, marine vessels, passenger cars and forklift trucks, the release said.