On 14 November 2012, the company SG dujos Auto officially launched the construction of a unique project in Lithuania – the Experimental Research Laboratory of Hydrogen as Fuel or Fuel Additive, Ecological Fuel Additives and Fuel Systems. Total value of the project is 7.6 million Litas, 5.3 million Litas of them were received as the support from the European Union Structural Funds.
The objective of the project was to research the opportunities of hydrogen using for fuel production in Lithuania as well as environment friendly fuel production technologies, to develop the most advanced, newest methods of hydrogen, as fuel or fuel additive, application together with natural gas.
Officially, the project was launched in November 2011 and it is planned to finish it in spring 2013. The laboratory is developed with the help of scientific partners – Lithuanian Energy Institute and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. The new research laboratory will develop a joint methodology how to use a new type of fuel – the mix of hydrogen and natural gas (hydro-methane) in natural gas powered transport vehicles. “The new laboratory is going to investigate the possibilities of hydrogen insertion into natural gas and will establish the most appropriate hydrogen proportions in the natural gas powered engines of transport vehicles in consideration of their technical characteristics,” – said Mr. Vidas Korsakas the director of SG dujos Auto.
It is planned to use hydro-methane in various other transport vehicles running on petrol and diesel. According to Mr. V. Korsakas, hydro-methane could be used in the transport vehicles of communal economy and special purpose enterprises, taxi fleets. Having established the network of hydro-methane refilling stations – also in inter-city transportation buses as well as some part of cars.
“When the laboratory starts its activities and having developed practical models of hydrogen insertion into natural gas, we will first of all give an opportunity to test and use this new type of fuel to Lithuanian bus fleets, which recently have acquired more and more ecological natural gas powered buses. We plan that technologies developed and tested in Lithuania will be demanded also in foreign countries developing the infrastructure of natural gas for transport vehicles“, – said Mr. V. Korsakas.
Having established the laboratory of alternative fuel, it is intended to develop experimental modules of hydro-methane production easily implementable in the infrastructure of filling stations and public transport servicing; and later – to make conditions necessary to start industrial hydro-methane production.
According to Mr. V. Korsakas, it is planned that having implemented the project, commercial hydro-methane production modules will be exported to the markets of other countries (Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Poland, Western Europe countries, Kazakhstan etc.).
The purpose of the new project is to contribute to the development and application in practical activities of innovative high technology products in Lithuania, to make an opportunity to create new workplaces to highly qualified specialists, to stimulate the export of high technology services and products.