Posted by Paul Moore on tenth March 2021
Westport Gasoline Techniques Inc, a worldwide chief in various gasoline, low-emissions transportation applied sciences, has introduced profitable startup and preliminary trials of a heavy-duty inside combustion engine operating on hydrogen (H2) gasoline, utilizing its patented and proprietary Excessive Stress Direct Injection (HPDI) 2.0™ System.
“We imagine H2-HPDI may very well be extraordinarily compelling, with near-zero greenhouse gasoline emissions and far decrease value than gasoline cell automobiles or battery electrical automobiles, significantly for heavy-duty trucking and different high-load functions like mining, marine and rail which have come to depend on the effectivity, energy, sturdiness and reliability of diesel engines,” mentioned David Johnson, CEO of Westport Gasoline Techniques. “Whereas there’s extra work to be performed, our preliminary take a look at outcomes are encouraging and a testomony to our workforce’s ongoing dedication to innovation. This demonstrates the inherent versatility of our HPDI system to utilise a spread of gaseous fuels and supply a long-term carbon-reduction technique. We’re assured there’s a bigger alternative to leverage our intensive experience with gaseous gasoline combustion and engine administration techniques.”
“We had been in a position to start operating at full torque and at rated energy inside hours of efficiently beginning the primary ever HPDI engine working on hydrogen,” mentioned Scott Baker, Westport Gasoline Techniques’ Vice President of Engineering. “Preliminary take a look at outcomes validate our combustion simulations, demonstrating the potential for hydrogen combustion and effectivity similar to gasoline cells in heavy-duty functions. The potential for OEMs and others to keep away from new and vital investments that might be required to develop and manufacture gasoline cells, electrical motors and batteries which might be related to heavy-duty lengthy haul gasoline cell electrical car product proposals, whereas leveraging established provide chains, manufacturing funding and infrastructure and economies of scale, is extremely thrilling.”
Growth is ongoing, with technical outcomes to be reviewed on the upcoming Vienna Motor Symposium, which takes place April 29-30, 2021. In January, Westport introduced it had agreed to start a analysis mission with Scania to use its HPDI 2.0 gasoline system with hydrogen to the newest Scania industrial car engine. Preliminary take a look at outcomes are anticipated within the second half of 2021.