Low-emissions alternative fuel transportation technology provider Westport Fuel Systems Inc, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has announced its collaboration with a global original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to evaluate the performance, efficiency and emissions of the OEM’s engine when equipped with Westport’s hydrogen fuel system.
Hydrogen use in an internal combustion engine with Westport’s H2 HPDI fuel system is said to offer a cost-effective solution that delivers CO2 reductions whilst allowing OEMs to preserve their existing engine architecture and leverage existing engineering talent & experience, installed investments, and decades of technology development in vehicle powertrain design, supply chain, and manufacturing.
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“Vehicle makers around the world are recognising that there are many possible paths to reaching the important goal of significantly reducing or eliminating emissions,” stated David M Johnson, CEO of Westport Fuel Systems. “Demonstrating our H2 HPDI fuel system is the first step on the path to commercialisation and supports the growing view that a ‘one size fits all’ approach to emissions reduction does not exist. Maintaining existing diesel engine architectures and related manufacturing infrastructure is critical to enabling OEMs to offer timely, efficient, cost-effective peak performance in transport applications.”
Westport’s production HPDI system fueled with LNG and bioLNG is reputedly a mature and proven commercialised platform, providing a solid foundation to develop the hydrogen-fuelled version of the HPDI system. This collaboration, its third of this system to date, is designed to demonstrate that Westport’s H2 HPDI fuel system is a cost-effective solution that delivers dramatic CO2 abatement while achieving power, torque, and efficiency that exceeds the performance of a diesel engine.
The evaluation will be funded by the OEM, with work starts immediately and continuing through year end.