New Delhi, October 19: Buses running on hydrogen-enriched compressed natural gas(HCNG) are going to hit the roads in New Delhi on Tuesday.  HCNG will be used to run 50 buses as part of a pilot project for six months from the Rajghat-1 bus depot.

The Supreme Court in 2019 suggested looking at hydrogen-run vehicles as a solution for Delhi NCR’s poor air quality and while the technology will take some time to appear in the capital, HCNG could be a step in that direction.

A four-tonne per day compact reformer-based HCNG production plant has come up at the Rajghat-1 bus depot of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). Operations were expected to start from March 2020, however, the COVID-19 lockdown came as a roadblock.

The facility is now going to be inaugurated on Tuesday by Union minister for petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan and state transport minister Kailash Gahlot. Delhi Air Quality: Why Does Air Pollution Rises And Air Quality Start Dipping in National Capital During Winters?

What is HCNG?

The blending of hydrogen with CNG provides a blended gas termed as HCNG. HCNG stands for hydrogen-enriched compressed natural gas and it combines the advantages of both hydrogen and methane. The rapid increase in the emission of greenhouse gases and very strict environmental legislation are major motivating factors for the usage of hydrogen in fuel cells and internal combustion engines.

Delhi government is making this effort to combat the rising pollution in the national capital.  At most places in the national capital on Wednesday, the air quality remained "very poor", "poor" or "moderate". A layer of haze lingered over Delhi as the air quality deteriorated.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Oct 19, 2020 11:10 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website