Westport, Scania cooperate on hydrogen engine research

By Mike Brezonick22 January 2021

Westport Fuel Systems and Scania are researching the use of Westport’s HPDI-2.0 fuel system with hydrogen in Scania commercial vehicle engines.

Westport Fuel Systems Inc. announced it has agreed to commence a research project with Scania to apply its HPDI 2.0 fuel system with hydrogen to the latest Scania commercial vehicle engine. Preliminary test results are expected in the second half of this year.

“Our specialty is working with gaseous fuels. Hydrogen use in an internal combustion engine with our HPDI fuel system could offer another cost-competitive pathway to reduce CO2 emissions from transportation,” said David M. Johnson, chief executive officer of Westport Fuel Systems. “This exciting evolution of our patented technology could provide an economic, competitive alternative to fuel cells while providing a similar greenhouse gas emission reduction profile.”

Scania is a global provider of transport solutions such as trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, as well as industrial and marine engines.

“We invested in hydrogen technologies early,” said Eric Olofsson, senior technical advisor at Scania Powertrain Research & Technology. “Going forward, what we learn from this research project will enable us to provide the best possible offering to our customers.”

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