UK’s ULEMCo has announced that it will demonstrate a zero-emission truck powered by a hydrogen fuelled combustion engine.
According to The Engineer, the Liverpool-based company’s technology will be demonstrated on a modified version of Volvo’s most powerful truck, the FH16, set to take place sometime later this year.
The zero emission combustion engine project – which has been jointly funded by ULEMCo and Innovate UK – is designed to provide a dramatic demonstration of how hydrogen fuel can be deployed to decarbonise heavy goods vehicles efficiently and cost effectively.
According to The Engineer, the Mega Low Emissions (MLE) truck uses hydrogen to power the vehicle using a combustion engine rather than via fuel cells and an electric motor.
ULEMCo claims that in common with fuel cell versions, there will be none of the usual emissions from hydrocarbons that impact on air quality – such as unburnt fuel, particulates, carbon monoxide etc.
ULEMCo will go along with conventional engines and existing truck designs as it believes the target of zero carbon emissions can be shortened significantly whilst simultaneously reducing the cost of the change for customers.
ULEMCo has converted many vehicles from diesel to hydrogen dual-fuel, and these are in current active service around the UK, reports The Engineer.
The demonstration vehicle will be the first all-hydrogen example, will have at least 300HP, and with 17kg of hydrogen on board, a range of just under 300km unloaded is expected.
The Engineer contends that the company is targeting commercial fleet retrofits, operating in urban areas such as refuse collection and local deliveries, where back-to-base refuelling can be implemented, or those in proximity to the growing number of publicly accessible stations in the UK and globally.
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