Forming a Hydrogen Opposed Piston Engine Working Group – Equipment


The newly formed organization will hold a series of meetings of its members to exchange research findings, insights and ideas regarding hydrogen combustion opposed piston engines.

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Several organizations, spanning corporations, research labs and universities, have formed the Hydrogen Opposed Piston Engine Task Force, a collaborative forum to advance sustainable transportation technology.

The newly formed organization will hold a series of meetings of its members to exchange research findings, insights and ideas regarding hydrogen combustion opposed piston engines.

“A hydrogen-burning opposed-piston engine may well provide the most well-known thermal efficiency of a reciprocating engine, with the potential to match the in-vehicle efficiency of a hydrogen fuel cell,” he said. said James Turner, professor of mechanical engineering at the Clean Combustion Research Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. “If so, this is a valuable potential option for long-distance transit in our quest for sustainable transportation.”

Founding members of the Hydrogen Opposed Piston Engine Task Force include:

  • buying power. Achates Power has a team of experienced engineers and scientists working with major engine manufacturers to bring the opposed piston engine to market. Achates Power is backed by Oil and Gas Climate Investments and other investors.
  • Aramco Americas. Aramco Services is the U.S. subsidiary of Aramco, which contributes to the U.S. energy industry through research and development, venture capital fund activities, asset ownership, as well as technology and digital transformation.
  • Bourns College of Engineering – Center for Environmental Research and Technology, University of California. UC Riverside Bourns College of Engineering, Center for Environmental Research & Technology strives to be a recognized leader in environmental education by working with industry and government to improve the technical basis for regulation and policy, and to be a creative source of new technologies.
  • Combustion and Propulsion Systems, Chalmers University of Technology. Chalmers University of Technology Combustion and Propulsion Systems in Gothenburg, Sweden, uses its expertise in combustion and emissions formation to contribute to a sustainable future by minimizing emissions from combustion engines.
  • Department of Automotive Engineering, Clemson University. Clemson is a public research institution in South Carolina. The University’s International Center for Automotive Research brings together faculty, facilities, and graduate students to conduct basic and translational research with an emphasis on industry relevance. Vehicle Propulsion is one of three areas of strength, covering a range of topics focused on advanced internal combustion engine concepts and powertrain electrification.
  • DI2S Consulting & Training. DI2S Consulting and Training in France is managed by Pierre Duret, former director of engines and sustainable mobility at IFP School in Paris. The company offers consulting services in the field of two-stroke direct injection engines.
  • Motor Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a public and prolific research institution. The university’s Engine Research Center is dedicated to the study of the fundamental thermophysical process that controls combustion performance and emissions of pollutants formed during combustion in internal combustion engines.
  • ID-Technologies. ID-Technologies is a Swiss engineering company specializing in energy technologies. The main activity is the production of renewable fuels and clean and efficient energy conversion technologies.
  • Indian Institute of Sciences. IISc Bangalore is a public institution of higher education, research and education in India. The Combustion and Atomization Research Laboratory and Engines and Energy Systems Laboratory of the Department of Mechanical Engineering undertake research in the areas of combustion, atomization, plasma ignition using diagnostics by laser and develop alternative fuel-based technologies, especially for small engines.
  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia advances science and technology through distinctive and collaborative research integrated with higher education.
  • Mahle powertrain. Mahle Powertrain is a global provider of engineering and consulting services, owned by the Mahle Group, a leading global supplier to the automotive industry. Mahle Powertrain specializes in the research, development and application of future transmission systems.
  • Marquette University. Marquette University is a private research university in Wisconsin. The Mechanical Engineering Department has a promising research program focused on alternative fuels for internal combustion engines with support from DOE, ARPA-e, and NSF.
  • Powertrain Control Laboratory, University of Michigan. The Powertrain Control Laboratory undertakes cutting-edge research in the areas of hydrogen fuel cell automation, fuel reforming for on-demand hydrogen, and hydrogen storage for hybrid and electrified powertrains with the support from the US Army Automotive Research Center, DOE and NSF.
  • Shell. Shell is a global energy company with operations in over 70 countries. Shell uses state-of-the-art technologies.
  • Super Turbo technology. SuperTurbo specializes in the design, development and marketing of the SuperTurbo mechanically driven turbocharger for on-road and off-road utility vehicles.

“The two-stroke engine with direct injection could be a very promising and interesting option for the combustion of hydrogen in order to reach zero NOX due to its advantages of high power density and much lower inherent NOX said Pierre Duret of DI2S Consulting & Training and former Director of Powertrain and Sustainable Mobility at IFP School in France. “These two-stroke benefits are even greater with an opposed-piston engine thanks to its higher power density and efficiency.”

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