Cummins 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. Indeed, Cummins is putting quite a lot of efforts in R&D initiatives aimed at developing not only engine platforms suitable for low-carbon fuels, but also ICEs suitable for hydrogen (here’s a recent post based on a comment by Cummins’ VP).
Cummins working on hydrogen development
More into details, Cummins recently announced the development of a fuel-agnostic engine range which will include hydrogen internal combustion engines in 6.7 to 15 litre displacement for both on-road and off-road applications. In addition, Cummins’ 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 decarbonisation 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 decarbonising both commercial and industrial applications”.
Not only Cummins: who’s part of the Hydrogen Engine Alliance
The Hydrogen Engine Alliance comprises major automotive companies, industry suppliers and academic institutions including Bosch, Daimler Truck and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The founding of the Hydrogen Engine Alliance in January 2022 demonstrates the clear importance of the hydrogen powertrain market and its role in a more sustainable future.
Cummins’ commitment to advancing hydrogen engine technology is just part of its Destination Zero strategy – the company’s pledge to support carbon emissions reduction through a broad range of power solutions. As well as its development of zero and low carbon powertrains, Cummins is making significant progress in hydrogen fuel production with its electrolyser technology already in use across Europe and North America.