According to the AutoblogGreen search box, it's been over a year since we last mentioned hythane. I guess we can say with some certainty that hythane is not the green fuel of choice these days. What hythane is is a blend of hydrogen and natural gas, so I'm certain that there is a portion of our readership that will claim this fuel isn't green at all. Fair enough. Still, this cleaner-burning version of natural gas for vehicles has been used for many years around the world.
In any case the news today is that the San Francisco International Airport will use a new grant worth almost $500,000 to convert 14 ground shuttles to run on hythane. The grant comes from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and will be used to "facilitate the replacement of existing gasoline-powered and diesel-powered airport shuttles with Hythane(R) versions of the shuttles which are expected to dramatically decrease emissions. Specifically, the Hythane(R) shuttles are expected to reduce nitrous oxides by 56%, non-methane hydrocarbons by 30%, and carbon dioxide by 40% over the existing versions. The Hythane(R) model is also expected to outperform comparable natural gas shuttles by emitting 30% less hydrocarbons and 20% less carbon dioxide."

Hythane is a patented fuel, and the Hythane trademark is owned by Brehon Energy PLC. The Hythane Company, LLC, which is based in Denver, is responsible for integrating hythane technology with existing natural gas fueling stations.

[Source: Hythane Company]



San Francisco International Airport Wins Award To Convert Airport Shuttles to Run on Hythane(R)

DENVER, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- San Francisco International Airport, in conjunction with Hythane Company (a subsidiary of Eden Energy Ltd. listed as EDE on the Australian Securities Exchange) and BAF Technologies, received a $499,800 grant to acquire 14 parking lot, hotel, and airline crew shuttles to run on Hythane(R) fuel (a blend of 20% hydrogen and 80% natural gas). The award represents half of a special Bay Area Air Quality Management District grant set aside for advanced technology demonstration programs. This grant will facilitate the replacement of existing gasoline-powered and diesel-powered airport shuttles with Hythane(R) versions of the shuttles which are expected to dramatically decrease emissions. Specifically, the Hythane(R) shuttles are expected to reduce nitrous oxides by 56%, non-methane hydrocarbons by 30%, and carbon dioxide by 40% over the existing versions. The Hythane(R) model is also expected to outperform comparable natural gas shuttles by emitting 30% less hydrocarbons and 20% less carbon dioxide.

The Hythane portion of the project includes the development work to create a Hythane(R) version of these vehicles, as well as the actual Hythane(R) conversion of all 14 shuttles. "Hythane Company is excited to assist SFO in being a leader in reducing emissions in the airport arena," stated John Nadeau, Hythane West Coast Manager. Nadeau cited the low cost of vehicle conversion compared to the purchase of new vehicles combined with the emissions benefits achieved through the use of Hythane(R) fuel as the two factors which appealed to the funding review board. The Hythane project was the most cost-effective project of all the projects applied for under this grant based on dollars per ton of emissions reduced.

In addition to being rated highly for being cost-effective, this project represents a positive public/private partnership toward the greening of a major West Coast airport. "Hythane Company is in the business of working closely with alternative fuel vehicle partners and public agencies like the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the San Mateo City/County Association of Governments to amass the support needed to move clean transportation projects forward," stated Roger Marmaro, Hythane Company President and Co-founder.

About The Hythane Company, LLC

Headquartered in Colorado, the Hythane Company, LLC, is working to bridge the gap between conventional fossil fuels and the clean future of a hydrogen economy. Vehicles that operate on Hythane(R), a blend of 20% hydrogen and 80% natural gas, produce significantly lower emissions than those operating on diesel or natural gas. The company is deploying the Hythane(R) System, which completely integrates Hythane(R) technology into existing natural gas fueling stations and vehicles, in cities throughout the world. Hythane(R) is a patented fuel that can be used in all forms of vehicles and is especially suited for commuter buses, school buses, refuse trucks, and delivery trucks.

Additional information about Hythane(R) is available at http://www.hythane.com/.

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