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Hydrogen Engine Center (HEC) and India’s Grasim Industries Ltd. have signed a joint technology and marketing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to bring HEC’s hydrogen engine technology (earlier post) to the chemical industry.

Grasim has purchased an HEC hydrogen fueled Oxx Power generator set. HEC and Grasim will collaborate to develop a closed loop system for stationary, near-zero emission power generation for chlor-alkali manufacturing plants. The system will operate using HEC’s Oxx Power engines and scalable genset technology. The HEC genset is powered by hydrogen, which is a readily available by-product of the Grasim chlor-alkali factory.

Distributed generation (DG) systems are often small-scale, high emissions niche products used in back-up situations. HEC hopes to help transform the DG market to a large-scale power generation solution—providing multi-megawatt, continuous, clean burning power generation capability.

HEC plans to market its hydrogen powered engines and gensets as a reliable and highly scalable distributed power generation solution. Grasim will help in this project by deploying the HEC solution internally and by marketing the HEC solution to chlor-alkali facilities around the world.

We view this industry sector as a strategic market—and the Grasim team will help us demonstrate how to utilize hydrogen by-products as a low cost, reliable fuel source in our Oxx Power gensets.

There is a wide array of industry applications for our power technology. Wind farms and solar stations can also utilize hydrogen by-products as a reliable source for low cost, environmentally friendly fuel in our Oxx Power gensets.

—Ted Hollinger, HEC’s president and CEO

The primary Oxx Power product is a 4.9-liter in-line 6-cylinder, spark-ignited internal combustion engine designed to run on ethanol, propane, gasoline, natural gas or hydrogen. When running on hydrogen, the engine produces near zero emissions. Distributors are able to order engines which HEC can optimize to run on the fuel of their choice.

HEC also recently announced its 2007 product lineup adding engine configurations consisting of 2-, 3- and 8-cylinder engines, all capable of running on hydrogen and other alternative fuels.

HEC anticipates producing 10,000 engines per year in its current manufacturing facility and is continuing to expand its manufacturing capacity. Expansion of capacity is targeted to continue in the first and second quarter of 2007 to meet demand, subject to the receipt of sufficient financing to expand its operations.



If off peak windpower is used for hydrogen production these engines can be fired up to meet peak demand.This would be a nice way to get greater bang for your buck from windfarms springing up across the world.

allen Z

Either that or battery/electrical storage farms. They would get 81%+ of energy out off the wind turbine vs ~36% to ~60% from burning H2 produced from a wind turbine- electricity-H2 production-H2 storage-combined cycle gas+steam turbine with extensive thermal recycling and heat cogeneration.
___It would, however, create a huge demand for high end batteries on the level unseen before. Li demand would go through the roof, along with the price.


It shows me that some want to use the hydrogen where it is made rather than store and/or transport it.

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