In November 2011, Lithuania officially launched the implementation the project of the establishment of the experimental research laboratory of hydrogen as fuel or fuel additive, green fuel additives and fuel systems. Total value of the project is 7.6 million Litas, 5.3 million Litas of them were received as a support from the EU Structural Funds. The UAB “SG dujos Auto“ implements the project. It is planned to implement the project until 1 December 2012.
The purpose of the project is to explore the opportunities of hydrogen using for fuel production in Lithuania as well as to develop environment-friendly fuel production technologies and the newest advanced methods of hydrogen application as fuel or fuel additive together with natural gas.
The new research laboratory will develop a new methodology of planning of the application of a new type of fuel – the mix of hydrogen and natural gas (hydro-methane) in transport vehicles powered by natural gas. It is planned also to use hydro-methane in various in various other transport vehicles running on petrol and diesel.
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.
It is planned that 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.
In addition to the market of Lithuania, hydro-methane as alternative fuel could be popular also in foreign countries. It is conditioned by the same economical and environmental reasons as in Lithuania. It is planned that having implemented the project, commercial hydro-methane production modules could be exported to the markets of other countries (Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Poland, Western Europe countries, Kazakhstan etc.).
The new project will contribute to the development and application in practical activities of innovative high technology products in Lithuania, will give an opportunity to create new workplaces to highly qualified specialists, will stimulate the export of high technology services and products, will contribute to the cooperation of private business and research institutions and application of research results in practical commercial activities.