India embraces hydrogen and natural gas fuel blends

Eden Energy is rather excited by the Indian Government (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy hydrogen roadmap) decision to have a fifth of the country’s vehicles running on hydrogen-natural gas fuel blends by 2020. This equates to an estimated 1 million vehicles running on a mixture of hydrogen and natural gas in the next thirteen years.

Eden Energy has been very actively promoting and marketing Hythane®, a hydrogen enriched natural gas (93% natural gas and 7% hydrogen) in India for the past 2 years and has already made significant progress (previous post). Hythane® increases engine efficiency by up to 10% and reduces emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and carbon monoxide (CO) by up to 50% compared with pure natural gas.

At present, there are more than 200,000 vehicles in India operating on natural gas. This will rapidly increase over the next 2-3 years as the natural gas pipeline grid rolls out across the country and large domestic gas fields come into production. Presently, the entire bus, taxi and three-wheel auto-rickshaw fleet in Delhi (estimated at more than 10,000 buses, 40,000 taxis, and 100,000 auto rickshaws) operates on natural gas. The same applies in a small number of other Indian cities where pipeline natural gas is already available.

Source: Eden Energy

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