Cummins today 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.
As a leading power solutions provider, 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 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 comments, “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.”
Hydrogen engines represent a development of a long-standing, proven technology – internal combustion and the reciprocating piston principle - which could enable faster deployment in a broader range of markets and applications. In addition, the potential for rapid refuelling increases vehicle and machine availability and further supports implementation across multiple use cases.
Alongside Cummins, 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.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Koch, Chairman of the Hydrogen Engine Alliance commented: ‘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 freedom 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.”
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.