New Delhi, Jul 4: State-run Indian Oil Corporation and Indraprastha Gas Limited on Thursday laid stone for setting a 4-tonnes-per-day compact reformer-based H-CNG station at Delhi Transport Corporation’s (DTC) Depot-1, here, at Rajghat.
Field trials will be conducted on 50 DTC buses using the patented technology developed by Indian Oil’s Research & Development Centre to help reduce emissions and to improve fuel economy of the buses.
Hydrogen-spiked CNG (or H-CNG), when used in an engine in place of CNG, results in cleaner combustion, thereby reducing emissions and improving fuel economy.
H-CNG, produced from natural gas through Indian Oil’s patented Compact Reformer technology, when tested at the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) resulted in 70 per cent reduction of carbon monoxide and 25 per cent reduction in hydrocarbon emissions as compared to baseline CNG.
It is estimated that the compact reforming process will be 30 pc more cost-effective compared to physical blending of Hydrogen in CNG for deriving the same benefits.
The station will be commissioned by November 2019.
Indian Oil Chairman Sanjiv Singh said, “It is for the first time that we are producing Hydrogen through this patented process. We are standing at the cusp of a breakthrough, with this Hydrogen-based technology offering a tailor-made solution to deal with air pollution in our cities. We intend to scale-up after initial trials and extend this technology to even older vehicles.”
Also present on the occasion were Dr Bhure Lal, Chairman, Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority, Sunita Narain, Member, Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority, Gajendra Singh, Chairman, IGL, Mr ES Ranganathan, MD, IGL and DTC Chairman Manoj Kumar. (UNI)