Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Starting from next year, Delhi plans to be the first city in India to unveil hydrogen-enriched CNG (HCNG) buses for public transport. The Delhi Government has now tied up with the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), which happens to be public sector taking steps in wanting to introduce 50 HCNG-fuelled buses on a trial basis to help study the technology and its infrastructure.
IOCL plans to test the buses based on their performance as well as reduction in emissions through the mixture of 18-20% of hydrogen to CNG in every bus. IOCL then reports to the Delhi government that it would use the Rajghat depot for the trials, which is set to begin by the end of this month.
According to SSV Kumar, director of research and development of IOCL, “Until now, we have been doing trials with two buses in Faridabad. Soon, we will begin HCNG trials on 50 CNG buses of the Delhi government. Our assessment says that HCNG buses also give 3-4% fuel economy improvement compared to a CNG bus. While they reduce carbon footprint, there is no reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions”.
Kumar also said that to convert all of Delhi’s existing 5,500 CNG bus fleet to this fuel, the government will require 400 tonnes of HCNG on a daily basis and 48 compact steam methane reforming (SMR) units.