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FEV is Driving Forward Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine Development

Auto News - Published on Thu, 15 Oct 2020

Image Source: FEV Hydrogen IC Engine
Ever since the European Union initiated the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance in July 2020, the hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine has increasingly been in the spotlight in the mobility industry’s debate on zero-emission drive solutions. Aachen-based FEV, a leading international vehicle and powertrain developer, welcomes this openness to technology regarding future mobility solutions and has nearly four decades of experience in hydrogen engine development. The expansion of e-mobility is seen as an important step toward achieving the set climate targets.

As a zero CO2, renewable energy source, hydrogen can be transported over long distances and used to store large amounts of energy. Hydrogen use has the potential to decarbonize parts of the transport sector where electrification through using heavy batteries is inefficient, including for commercial vehicles, buses, large passenger cars, and even trains and ships.

The infrastructure, which is expected to be in place by 2030, is reviving the debate on what would be the most appropriate way to use hydrogen. The one advantage that fuel cells have is their high degree of efficiency at low loads. But at higher specific loads, their efficiency level deteriorates in comparison with the hydrogen internal combustion engine whose degree of efficiency may be poorer at low loads, but increases the higher the load. In other words, the efficiency benefits vary depending on the load.

Despite the known advantages, fuel cell development is still in its early stages, and very few development and testing methods have taken root so far. The hydrogen internal combustion engine, on the other hand, is a robust, cost-efficient option for zero CO2 transport that can be implemented quickly under the current production infrastructure and also offers potential for existing vehicles.

The key focal areas for development of the hydrogen internal combustion engine are
fuel-carrying components
ignition System
crankcase Ventilation
direct gas injection fuel mixture System
charging
engine Control
exhaust gas after Treatment

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 15 Oct 2020
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