Bottom line – the world must reduce emissions. Getting to net-zero carbon by 2050 is the major challenge. There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that vehicle tailpipe emissions are one of the major causes of climate change. There are over one billion existing vehicles on the roads around the world that contribute each and every day to climate change.
So what can we do to address this reality? Are government regulations that are constantly being imposed on vehicle manufacturers to reduce emissions really working? Would totally eliminating the production of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles resolve the problem? Of course it would make a major and positive impact in reducing emissions. Transitioning, over time, to electric vehicles is very important and will partially resolve the issue by changing the means of transportation around the world. In the meantime, will introducing carbon taxes, cap and trade programs, promoting public transport, reducing travel, driving slower, etc. accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels to an electric-based world? No doubt, these actions will help …. but at what economic cost and change to consumer lifestyles?
Is there a better and more effective way to reduce vehicular emissions? Tailpipe emissions are “created” in the combustion process of the internal combustion engine. While many new improvements in vehicle and fuel efficiency have been made, especially over the past 20 years, none have directly addressed the “combustion efficiency” of the internal combustion engine, which is, in itself, known to be very inefficient because of the unburned hydrocarbons coming out of the tailpipe.
There is a proven technology, using hydrogen gas, not as a fuel source but as a fuel additive, which would result in a near-complete burn of the fossil fuel. This technology has existed for the past 50 years. Hydrogen, when introduced into the combustion process of the ICE, can substantially decarbonize the emissions coming out of the tailpipe. We believe vehicle manufacturers were not ready to install this technology in the past because of costs, it’s effect on fuel consumption, marketing and probably, because there were no nation-wide hydrogen-filling stations available, and there still isn’t. Big oil was reluctant to promote this technology, to make their own product cleaner , simply because it would have an effect on their bottom line profits. All that is now changing with everyone experimenting, in some way, on a hydrogen-based future. Vehicle manufacturers are looking at fuel-cell electric vehicles like the Toyota Mirai. Big oil is looking for ways to implement a major nation-wide infrastructure for hydrogen distribution. Many challenges are still ahead, not only with ICE vehicles but also with electric vehicles for mass consumer acceptance.
Our challenge was to find a way to effectively, economically and sustainably produce hydrogen “on demand and on board” a vehicle, totally eliminating the need for a nation-wide hydrogen fueling infrastructure and hydrogen storage tanks on board the vehicle. We have successfully met that challenge with our HTX-EnerG System™. Injecting hydrogen and oxygen gases directly into the combustion process efficiently produces a near complete burn of the fossil fuel, which increases the combustion efficiency of the ICE. Hydrogen, as a “catalyst”, results in a substantial reduction of hydrocarbons and GHG emissions exiting the tailpipe. Reducing emissions is the primary goal of governments, industry and consumers alike in their quest to fight climate change and achieve net-zero emissions in the future. Hydrogen injection can be a major contributor to reach the goal of decarbonizing the internal combustion engine.