US On-Board Hydrogen Boost Unit to Launch in New Zealand
21 November 2006
|Design of the H to-go system. Click to enlarge.|
On 11 Dec, an international collaboration lead by RENZ (Renewable Energy New Zealand), a New Zealand-based Charitable Trust, will introduce an on-board electrolysis unit that produces and injects small amounts of hydrogen into the combustion cylinders of an engine. The result is improved combustion with lower fuel consumption and fewer emissions.
The device, the “Hydro-charger,” is based on the technology developed by H to-go, a Texas-based company that markets its on-board electrolysis unit as MAPSOE—the Most Abundant Power Source On Earth.
A one-day event will be held at the Queenstown (NZ) Events Centre on 11 December. The Hydro-charger will be demonstrated in a variety of applications including cars, buses, farm equipment and others.
The 11 December technology launch will also mark the start of the Hydrogen Challenge: New Zealand where a variety of retrofitted vehicles will have fuel use and emissions carefully monitored and measured against pre established benchmarks. The Hydrogen Challenge: New Zealand has been designed to prove the efficiency of the unit to heavy consumers of fuel such as taxi drivers, transport firms and tourism operators.
Rudimentary internal tests by H to-go found that use of the device improved fuel economy between 33% to 73%, depending upon the engine platform.
|H to-go Fuel Economy Testing|
|Vehicle and Engine||Without device
60 Series Detroit Diesel
C15 Caterpillar Diesel
|2002 Chevrolet Pickup
5.3 Vortec Gasoline
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