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Sunday, February 25, 2007

HCNG: An alternative to coal and oil?

Zane Alcorn
24 February 2007


A small Western Australia-based company, Eden Energy, is working on a project to convert most of India’s public buses to run on a cleaner type of gas that will reduce smog in packed Indian cities. Eden Energy owns the patent for a fuel known as Hythane, or HCNG, a compressed mixture of hydrogen and compressed natural gas.


Scientists discovered that adding hydrogen to natural gas makes it burn more cleanly, reducing its emission of pollutants (notably reducing smog-causing nitrous oxide emissions by around 50%). Hydrogen combines with oxygen when burnt, creating water vapour (and not CO2).

In December, Eden signed a contract to work with Chennai-based Indian bus manufacturer Ashok Leyland to modify Indian buses built to run on natural gas to use HCNG so that they will have much lower CO2 emissions. Ashok Leyland currently manufactures around 80,000 vehicles per year, including 11,000-14,000 buses. It produces the majority of all metropolitan transport buses in India, carrying some 60 million passengers per day.
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