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Technology for Hydrogen Utilization in Spark-Ignition Engine Generator for Electricity Generation with Zero-Emission Developed by IIT Delhi Researchers

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DATE: 04-06-2021

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Technology for Hydrogen Utilization in Spark-Ignition Engine Generator for Electricity Generation with Zero-Emission Developed by IIT Delhi Researchers

Technology developed in collaboration with Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited and Indian Oil R&D Centre

 

New Delhi: Diesel-fuelled internal combustion engine generator for electrical power generation mainly emits carbon monoxide (CO), Hydrocarbon (HC), Smoke, Particulate Matter (PM), Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) and Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions resulting in a contribution to air pollution.

 

To tackle this, researchers at the Engines and Unconventional Fuels Laboratory, IIT Delhi developed a new technology and built “Hydrogen fuelled Spark-Ignition Engine Generator” in collaboration with Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited (KOEL), and the Indian Oil R&D Centre for the utilization of hydrogen in internal combustion engines for zero-emission with higher thermal efficiency. A dedicated lubricating oil for the engine was also developed by the IOCL.

(Pic: A view of Hydrogen Fuelled Spark-ignition Engine Generator for Electrical Power Generation)

 

The project was mainly funded by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, and supplementary funded by KOEL and IOCL R&D Centre.

 

IIT Delhi and KOEL have jointly filed a patent application for the technology.

“As Hydrogen does not contain carbon, the hydrogen-fuelled engine does not emit any carbonaceous emissions. The emission ‘oxides of nitrogen’ can be controlled to ultra-low level using the appropriate technologies”, said Dr. K. A. Subramanian, Principal Investigator of the project and professor at the Centre for Energy Studies, IIT Delhi.

Hydrogen is available as a tangible product from industries including chloro-Alkali, ammonia, and refineries. Hydrogen can also be produced from the splitting of water using electrolyzers coupled with renewable energy sources (solar, wind, biomass, etc.). The surplus electricity can be converted into hydrogen using the electrolyzer and then, the electricity can be produced using this engine whenever needed such as meeting peak load demand, no short-term grid power available, emergency, etc. 

 

The hydrogen fuel at up to 4 bar from the gaseous cylinder (150 bar / 350 bar / 700 bar) or the pipeline stored at low pressure (10 bar and above) in the industries will be injected into the intake manifold of the engine.

 

The technology will be useful to the industries (chloro-Alkali, Ammonia, etc.), those are producing hydrogen as tangible or main products, to generate electrical power to meet their inhouse-power requirement in the industry”.  

 

The developed hydrogen engine can also be used in decentralized power generation for industries, buildings, etc. Thus, the green power with hydrogen can be generated using the multi-cylinder spark-ignition engine generator with the developed technology for strengthening the sustainable energy and environment.”

 

Dr. Subramanian added, “If hydrogen infrastructure can be developed and made available in the future, diesel generators can be replaced with hydrogen generators for electrical power generation. It will help to control air pollution, especially in urban areas.”

(Prof. K. A. Subramanian, Centre for Energy Studies (CES), IIT Delhi can be reached at: subra@ces.iitd.ac.in)

 

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References:

1. Vipin Dhyani and K. A. Subramanian, Control of backfire and NOx emission reduction in a hydrogen fuelled multi-cylinder spark ignition engine using cooled EGR and water injection strategies, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Volume 44, Issue 12, 2019.

2. Vipin Dhyani and K. A. Subramanian, Fundamental characterization of backfire in a hydrogen fuelled spark ignition engine using CFD and experiments, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Volume 44, Issue 60, 2019.

3. Vipin Dhyani and K. A. Subramanian, Development of online control system for elimination of backfire in a hydrogen fuelled spark ignition engine, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Volume 46, Issue 27, 2021.

4. Vipin Dhyani and K. A. Subramanian, Experimental investigation on effects of knocking on backfire and its control in a hydrogen fueled spark ignition engine, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Volume 43, Issue 14, 2018.

5. B. L. Salvi and K. A. Subramanian, Experimental investigation on effects on compression ratio and exhaust gas recirculation on backfire, performance and emission characteristics in a hydrogen fuelled spark ignition engine, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Volume 41, Issues 13, 2016.

6. B. L. Salvi and K. A. Subramanian, Experimental investigation on effects on exhaust gas recirculation on flame kernel growth rate in a hydrogen fuelled spark ignition engine, Applied Thermal Engineering, Volume 107, 2016.

7. B. L. Salvi and K. A. Subramanian, Sustainable development of road transportation sector using hydrogen energy system, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 51, 2015.