General Motors has conducted trials of an emerging hydrogen-based industrial fuel for metalworking operations at its Grand Blanc Weld & Tool Center, in place of carbon-based acetylene. MagneGas Corp. shipped cylinders of its MagneGas fuel to that Flint, Mich., plant, which is an automotive body metal fabricating plant for the Chevrolet Volt, Cruze, Sonic, and Malibu programs in the U.S., the Buick Regal program in Canada, and a small vehicle program in Brazil.

"We're excited at the prospect of building a long-lasting relationship with GM and we will continue to capitalize on growth opportunities by showcasing the versatility and superiority of MagneGas," stated president Scott Wainwright.

MagneGas is a “clean burning” fuel that’s produced by a process Tampa-based MagneGas Corp. developed and patented, and has licensed to numerous manufacturers, fabricators, and distributors in the U.S. and overseas. That Plasma Arc Flow process gasifies liquid industrial, municipal, agricultural, and military wastes into the hydrogen-base fuel. The fuel can used for metalworking, cooking, heating, or powering bi-fuel vehicles, according to the developer.

GM’s trials involved its maintenance and metalworking operations at Grand Blanc Weld & Tool Center. MagneGas reported it the automaker tested MagneGas fuel to assess its environmental, health, and safety impacts, and found it to cut cleaner, faster and more cost-effectively than acetylene.

"We are always in pursuit of technologies that enhance quality and efficiency while also performing well on a holistic business case," stated GM’s John Bradburn, manager of waste-reduction efforts. "In its current state, this technology does just that. We're working closely with MagneGas to discuss possible future applications with potential to reduce our environmental impact."