A Study on the Performance and Emission of a Compression Ignition (CI) Engine Using Syngas and Diesel Blend in Dual Fuel Mode

  • Njeru Gatumu
  • Hiram Ndiritu
  • Benson Gathitu

Abstract

Coal has been a major source of energy for manycountries of the developed world especially where coaldeposits exist. This situation is expected to persist for a longtime to come; more so, in light of the rapid depletion of theworld’s oil reserves, underdevelopment of conversionequipment for renewable energy and the uncertainty of nuclearenergy. However, most coal used today is for production ofpower, steel making or transportation industry and has beenthe major contributor to global warming and greenhouseeffect. These problems associated with coal have necessitatedstudies to be carried out under the clean coal technology andgreen coal programs. Both aimed at reducing its negativeenvironmental impact and health hazard in power andindustrial plants. Also in its use as alternative fuel in ICEengines. This is partly achieved through gasification ofexisting coal to produce a combustible gas called synthetic gas(syngas). Syngas can meet energy needs in an economical andenvironmentally friendly way, especially in the areas wherecoal is available, the price of petroleum fuels are high, orwhere supplies are uncertain. Studies have shown that CIengine using syngas for fuel is very promising and even costcompetitive alongside other gaseous fuels. This study isdirected towards the detailed analysis of CI engine fuelled bya mixture of syngas as the primary and diesel as the pilot fuelin dual fuel mode. The paper has included information on theperformance and emissions of CI engine when using syngasdieselblend and compared it with when running on neatdiesel.
Published
Feb 19, 2020
How to Cite
GATUMU, Njeru; NDIRITU, Hiram; GATHITU, Benson. A Study on the Performance and Emission of a Compression Ignition (CI) Engine Using Syngas and Diesel Blend in Dual Fuel Mode. Proceedings of Sustainable Research and Innovation Conference, [S.l.], p. 191-205, feb. 2020. ISSN 2079-6226. Available at: <http://sri.jkuat.ac.ke/ojs/index.php/proceedings/article/view/883>. Date accessed: 05 july 2020.