Hydrogen Injection Project

Hydrogen Injection Project

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    Concerns over fuel cost volatility, climate change and air pollution has motivated a shift to cleaner and more efficient combustion technologies for marine and stationary power production. Numerous technologies have emerged promising to address these concerns but adoption has been limited by scalability or technical barriers for robust commercial operations. Maine Maritime Academy’s Marine Engine Testing and Emissions Laboratory (METEL) is collaborating with Global Marine Consulting (GMC), a technology company headquartered in Florida, to evaluate performance of hydrogen injection technologies to reduce unwanted pollutants and increase combustion efficiency within diesel engines. The technology is compact and can interface with any diesel making the technology broadly applicable to the industry. GMC is providing an auxiliary hydrogen generator which uses electrical power to low-purity hydrogen designed to be injected into the air intake manifold of diesel combustion engines. METEL will evaluate this technology on both a laboratory diesel engine and at-sea on the R/V Quickwater, a 41-foot coast guard class fast response vessel. The effect of hydrogen addition on the production of NO, NOx, CO and THC will be determined and engine efficiency will be monitored to assess the technology opportunities and identify potential barriers for commercial operations.
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