Hydrogen Working Group working to advance transportation

Hydrogen Working Group working to advance transportation

Several organizations, encompassing companies, research labs, and academia, have come together to form the Hydrogen Opposed Piston Engine Working Group. The organization is a collaborative forum to advance sustainable transportation technology.

“An opposed-piston engine with hydrogen combustion could well provide the best-known thermal efficiency from a reciprocating engine, with the potential to match the in-vehicle efficiency of a hydrogen fuel cell,” said James Turner, professor of mechanical engineering, clean combustion research center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. “If so, it is a valuable potential option for long haul transit in our quest for sustainable transportation.”

The organization says it hosts a series of meetings among its members to exchange research results, insights and ideas.  

“The direct-injection two-stroke engine could be a very promising and interesting option for hydrogen combustion to achieve zero NOx because of its advantages of high-power density and inherent much lower NOx emissions,” said Pierre Duret of DI2S Consulting & Training and former director Powertrain and Sustainable Mobility, IFP School (France). “These two-stroke advantages are even more significant with an opposed-piston engine thanks to its higher power density and efficiency.”

The founding members of the Hydrogen Opposed Piston Engine Working Group include:

  • Achates Power, San Diego, CA. 
  • Aramco Americas.
  • Bourns College of Engineering – Center for Environmental Research and Technology, University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA. 
  • Combustion and Propulsion Systems, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. 
  • Department of Automotive Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
  • DI2S Consulting & Training, Paris, France
  • Engine Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI. 
  • ID-Technologies, Fribourg, Switzerland. 
  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. 
  • Mahle Powertrain, Plymouth, MI. 
  • Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. 
  • Powertrain Control Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. 
  • Shell plc, London, England. 
  • SuperTurbo Technologies, Inc. 

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