Indias ARAI Develops New Hydrogen-CNG Engine

Times of India. The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has developed a four-cylinder engine at their power train engineering (PTE) laboratory that will support an 18% blend of hydrogen and compressed natural gas (HCNG).

The HCNG engine will be on display at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Tata Motors has evinced interest in the technology for use in its light commercial vehicles.

...The HCNG engine developed by ARAI reduces nitrogen dioxide along with other pollutants. The fuel economy and power output of the engine is superior when compared to CNG’s, [S S Thipse, the lab’s senior assistant director] added. When compared to CNG, 20 per cent of HCNG blend can cut 40-50 per cent carbon monoxide, 25-30 per cent non-methane hydrocarbons, 45-50 per cent nitrogen dioxide and 7 to 10 per cent carbon dioxide emissions, Thipse added.

India’s National Hydrogen Energy Board (NHEB) has prepared a roadmap for the hydrogen research and implementation in India.


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