Langford, Inc., a St. Cloud, Minnesota-based trucking firm, will install Hy-Drive’s Hydrogen Generating System (HGS) throughout its entire fleet. Langford has been conducting a series of over-the-road test programs using the Hy-Drive HGS for the past several months on selected trucks.
The HGS is an on-board electrolyzer that generates and injects hydrogen gas into a regular internal combustion engine, enhancing the combustion process by allowing fuel to burn more efficiently and completely. (Earlier post.) After nearly four months of results, units running the Hy-Drive system saw fuel economy climbed to more than 7 miles per gallon. That translates into a fuel savings of about US$700 US a month at current prices—enough to pay for the system in 15 months.
Langford used PeopleNet’s on-board web-based performance monitoring system to analyze the performance of trucks equipped with the Hy-Drive HGS in order to verify the increased fuel efficiency and increased horsepower.
Langford runs both company-owned and owner-operator trucks in the fleet. For the owner-operators, Langford has set up a special $400 a month lease-purchase agreement to acquire the Hy-Drive system.
In August, Hy-Drive announced a definitive marketing, distribution and manufacturing agreement with Canadian-based Mining Technologies International Inc. (MTI) for the development and deployment of HGS units in above- and below-ground mining equipment. (Earlier post.)