Power solutions specialist Cummins has announced it has joined the Hydrogen Engine Alliance, an initiative bringing together industry representatives across Europe to support the research and development of sustainable hydrogen internal combustion engine technology.
Cummins joins the alliance with significant experience in developing and manufacturing internal combustion engines, as well as in hydrogen fuel cell, battery electric and drivetrain component technologies. The company recently announced the development of a fuel-agnostic engine range which will include hydrogen internal combustion engines in 6.7 to 15 liter displacement for both on-road and off-road applications. In addition, the company’s joint venture partnership with hydrogen storage specialist NProxx adds an important resource in terms of integrating hydrogen engines with onboard gas tanks and the vehicle’s fuel supply system.
Jonathan Atkinson, Cummins executive director, On-Highway Europe, commented, “We are delighted to participate in the Hydrogen Engine Alliance and look forward to working together with fellow members to advance decarbonization of the power industry. Internal combustion engines are efficient, robust and can operate continuously under heavy load – attributes that will carry forward with hydrogen fuel. These advantages, combined with CO₂ neutrality, means hydrogen has the potential to play a significant role in decarbonizing both commercial and industrial applications.”
Alongside Cummins, the Hydrogen Engine Alliance comprises major automotive companies, industry suppliers and academic institutions including Bosch, Daimler Truck and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
Dr Thomas Koch, chairman of the Hydrogen Engine Alliance, added, “As a company that’s renowned for its internal combustion engine capability and commitment to future power, we are pleased to welcome Cummins into the Hydrogen Engine Alliance. Technological openness will be a significant contributor to achieving our global climate goals and this initiative harnesses the expertise of key industry players to promote rapid and efficient development of hydrogen as a favourable power source.”