|The G2 system.|
Hy-Drive Technologies, the maker of a compact, on-board, on-demand electrolyzer that produces hydrogen for mixture with gasoline, diesel or propane (earlier post), announced the commercial availability of its new G2 hydrogen generating system (HGS) and has begun shipping and installing its first G2 units to selected trucking customers in North America.
The Hy-Drive HGS injects small amounts of hydrogen gas into the combustion chamber of a regular internal combustion engine, creating an enriched air mixture and a more complete and faster burn of the fuel. This results in reduced emissions, improved fuel efficiency and more engine torque.
Company testing indicates an increase in horsepower of up to 6%; an up to 80% reduction of particulate matter; an up to 46% reduction of NOx emissions; and a reduction of up to 98% of carbon monoxide emissions.
The HGS pulls the power for the electrolyzer from the engine’s standard electrical charging circuit. The resulting hydrogen and oxygen gases are delivered to the engine air intake by a vacuum pump. An electronic process controller varies the energy input to maintain a constant flow of gases, while an electronic safety module ensures safe operation.
The system uses two liters of distilled water every 80 hours of operation. The HGS operates only when the engine is running and produces hydrogen and oxygen on demand; gases are never stored.
The product is easy to install and works with any internal combustion engine, all types of fuel and in almost any climate making a versatile solution for any truck fleet. The G2 measures 11 3/4"w x 13"d x 19 5/8"h.
Four days before its announcement of the commercial release of the G2 system, Hy-Drive had announced that it had filed an additional five new patent applications on it.
Hy-Drive last year signed an agreement with Tier 1 automotive supplier Martinrea International Inc. to develop the product for automobiles and light trucks.