What do we know about hydrogen engines and combustion?


As government initiatives continue to focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, fuel experts look towards Hydrogen as a potential source of alternative fuel cells. 

Engines built specifically to run off hydrogen can burn hydrogen fuel cells in an internal combustion engine carrying more energy per weight than traditional gasoline. 

With this, both hydrogen combustion engines and hydrogen fuel cells are easily suitable to run heavy vehicles across marine, aviation and rail industries.

Established fuel technology providers from around the world are soon expected to release hydrogen engines capable of fueling large trucks far more efficiently than battery or electric powered vehicles.

Hydrogen-powered engines are known to produce zero carbon emissions but as with any alternative fuels, there are known risks which make potential manufacturers adverse to producing and testing the method without guarantees it will be popular across the fuel industry. 

Managing Director of Fuelcare, Oliver Rumford-Warr commented:

“Hydrogen combustion is in its infancy, but may prove a valuable net zero contribution to the energy debate. The increased risk of storage and energy density may prove to be difficult problems to overcome but technological solutions may evolve to minimise these issues.”

We have previously discussed the difference between blue and green hydrogen fuel, the comparisons to traditional fuel and whether we can look at hydrogen fuels as a sustainable alternative, you can read more about this here.

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