As the world looks to new technology to meet emission reduction requirement, it has been announced that Cummins is developing hydrogen combustion X15 engines, as well as the smaller 6.7 litre medium duty engine as a hydrogen internal combustion engine (ICE).
“We’ve established significant goals as part of our PLANET 2050 sustainability strategy, including a target of zero emissions,” said Srikanth Padmanabhan, President, Engine Business, Cummins. “Reducing well-to-wheels carbon emissions requires innovation of both energy sources and power solutions. While use cases for battery electric and fuel cell electric powertrains are promising, the pairing of green hydrogen in the proven technology of internal combustion engines, provides an important complement to future zero emissions solutions.”
Based on next generation platforms, the goal for the new hydrogen engines is to achieve zero carbon emissions, and enhanced power density and improved thermal efficiency.
“Cummins’ leadership and deep knowledge in the global natural gas vehicle market and gaseous-fuelled technologies will enable us to develop these new hydrogen-fuelled internal combustion engines for medium and heavy-duty markets,” said Padmanabhan. “We are ready to accelerate the pace of our H2-ICE program to ensure Cummins continues to be a leader in this new, exciting technology.”
A new 15-litre platform offers the potential to bring hydrogen gas-fueled engine capability to heavy duty long-haul trucks. Cummins global technical centres will work together to achieve commercial viability for the H2-ICE project on a global basis.
Part of the development work is to be undertaken at Cummins Darlington facility, and will be supported by a funding award recently received from the UK Government, provided through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), recognising the potential for Cummins H2-ICE to play a major role in de-carbonising transport from 2025 onward.
Using proven and existing engine platforms for the H2-ICE program, when Cummins is developing hydrogen combustion X15, also means that Cummins will be able to use its existing engine production facilities and service support network reducing costs and improving efficiency. In addition. the company can also reduce vehicle and equipment re-development timelines, as many existing driveline components can be retained when paired with the hydrogen-fuelled engines.