|The Generation 2 HGS mounted on a truck.|
Hy-Drive Technologies has entered into a definitive marketing, distribution and manufacturing agreement with Canadian-based Mining Technologies International Inc. (MTI) for the Hy-Drive on-board Hydrogen Generating System (HGS). MTI had purchased 20 of the HGS units earlier in the year. (Earlier post.)
Under the terms of the agreement, MTI will adopt the HGS technology for use on selected underground and aboveground mining equipment. The work will include sales, marketing and manufacturing by MTI as well as ongoing research and development to enhance HGS features and make them more suitable for the mining market.
The Hy-Drive system is based on an on-board electrolyzer, powered by the engine’s standard electrical charging circuit, that converts distilled water to hydrogen and oxygen.
HGS injects small amounts of the hydrogen and oxygen into the combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine. The resulting enriched air mixture yields a more complete and faster burn, resulting in reduced emissions, improved fuel efficiency and more engine torque.
An electronic process controller varies the energy input to maintain a constant flow of gases, while an electronic safety module ensures safe operation. HGS uses two litres of distilled water for every 80 hours of operation. The HGS operates only when the engine is running.
Hy-Drive will provide MTI with core component parts of the HGS technology and MTI will then manufacture a finished commercial product specifically to suit the vast array of sizes and number of fuel burning equipment and vehicles that operate throughout the mining industry. Ongoing research and value-added enhancement work will also take place at MTI’s Sudbury, Ontario facility.
We are very excited about the opportunity to market Hy-Drive’s HGS technology to the mining industry. We found tremendous improvements in emissions and specifically, particulate matter when we measured it and compared it to the original tests, it was almost eliminated down to 0.02% and the NOx and CO gases were reduced substantially.
Having purchased and tested 20 HGS units earlier this year, we saw very quickly the enormous benefit that can be achieved from the installation of the technology on diesel-burning mining equipment. While the fuel-saving levels of approximately 27% were very impressive and surpassed our expectation, we were much more focused on the emission reduction possibilities that the HGS presented.
Having already worked with Hy-Drive for some time we have already begun discussions with some of our customers to quickly adopt the technology for their respective operations including a very well known large Iron Ore producer. Some of these discussions have already presented immediate results as we are presently finalizing agreements to deploy the HGS at four (4) different mine locations.
We believe this technology will substantially change the way we think about the air quality and the conditions of the air and health and safety for people underground as well as on the surface.—Robert Lipic, President and CEO of MTI
Hy-Drive is also targeting the heavy-duty trucking market.