Hydrogen-based CNG buses in national capital
For the first time, Delhi will have buses plying on hydrogen-laced CNG that gives emissions equivalent to BS-VI grade fuel from a lower category engine.
On Tuesday, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan formally launched the 50 buses trial run on hydrogen-mix CNG or H-CNG .
He said Indian Oil Corp’s (IOC) R&D Centre has developed the patented compact reforming process for H-CNG production directly from natural gas. Besides lower emissions, H-CNG also gives good mileage
18 per cent of hydrogen is being spiked in CNG for the pilot. H-CNG gives 70 per cent less carbon monoxide and emits 25 per cent lower hydrocarbon in heavy-duty BS-IV engines as compared to baseline CNG. It also increases fuel economy by 4 to 5 per cent.
Pradhan also said the trial of 50 HCNG buses will be a major breakthrough in India’s journey towards the hydrogen economy.