University of Kent (UK) spin-off Oil Drum Ltd, has signed a licensing deal with UAB Hydro2 that will enable its on-board hydrogen generator technology to be manufactured, sold and installed in the Baltic States. The deal will allow UAB Hydro2 to manufacture, sell and install the Save-Fuel On Demand Hydrogen Technology for the truck, bus and coach industries in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
The retrofit device reduces fuel consumption by adding hydrogen, produced by electrolysis, into the engine via the air intake of the vehicle before the combustion process. As a result the engine burns fuel more efficiently and produces less particulate emissions and reduces the vehicle’s environmental impact.
Oil Drum cites a 10% fuel savings as a “good average number” across engine sizes and truck types, but notes that some customers have seen larger savings.
The electrolysis units run at 15 amps from a 24V source, and can produce 4 liters of a hydrogen/oxygen mixture per minute, according to Oil Drum. Central to the technology is the efficient production of hydrogen from the small electrical source.
UAB Hydro2 has opened a production facility in Kaunas, Lithuania, specifically to manufacture the Save-Fuel technology, which independent testing has shown can reduce fuel consumption by more than 10%, and reduce C02 and hydrocarbon emissions.
Tomas Balnys, director of UAB Hydro2, said that the company was also looking at expanding its distribution facility to enable it to supply the devices to another potential licensee whose territories include the Ukraine and Kazakhstan. It is also developing an opportunity in Russia.
Oil Drum had earlier licensed its technology to the Andel Group to exclusively manufacture, sell and install the Save-Fuel hydrogen technology for the UK commercial vehicle market. The devices are now in use on more than 750 vehicles worldwide.