Govt allows use of hydrogen-enriched CNG as automotive fuel

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New Delhi (NVI): In a step towards adopting alternative clean fuel for transportation, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has allowed use of hydrogen-enriched compressed natural gas (CNG) as an automobile fuel.

The ministry has been notifying various alternative fuel under Clean Fuels for sustainable transportation.

“Using H-CNG (18% mix of hydrogen) in certain CNG-engine were tested to understand the emission reduction using H-CNG as compared to ‘neat’ CNG,” the Ministry said in a statement.

It added, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has developed specifications of hydrogen enriched compressed natural gas (H-CNG) for automotive purposes as a fuel.

According to the reports, an ideal blend of 18 per cent hydrogen in CNG can be used as automotive fuel after compression. This can lower emissions, and promote green fuel for automobiles in the country. It can also reduce carbon monoxide emission by 70 per cent.

Earlier, a notification for amendments to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989, for inclusion of H-CNG as an automotive fuel has been published vide GSR 585 (E) dated September 25 by the ministry.

The draft rules in this respect were made available to the public on the July 22 last year and no objections and suggestions were received from the public in this respect, the statement said.

-RJV