German engine manufacturer Deutz has developed a hydrogen burning machine to replace questionable fossil fuels.
The TCG 7.8 H2 engine uses hydrogen as a direct fuel rather than through a fuel cell. According to the company, the innovation complies with the zero-emission CO2 limit value specified by the European Union, and is equivalent to electric motors.
Deutz currently is planning serial production of the new technology by 2024. They have already successfully completed initial tests, and the six-cylinder inline prototype is based on an existing, very quiet concept and is already delivering 200 kW of power.
The engine is basically suitable for all areas that Deutz has already covered with this conventional propulsion. This means, for example, tractors, construction machinery, commercial and rail vehicles.
Breaking new ground
“At Deutz we are pioneers in carbon-neutral propulsion systems for off-road applications. We were already manufacturing clean and highly efficient engines, but now we are taking the next step: our first hydrogen engine. This represents an important milestone that will help us advance towards our contribution to the Paris climate goals,” says Frank Hiller, CEO of Deutz AG.
Markus Müller, Chief Technology Officer at Deutz AG, explains: “The six-cylinder TCG 7.8 H2 is based on an existing engine design. Powering 200 kW, it operates carbon-free and very quietly.”
He detailed that initially, the engine is suitable for all current company applications, but due to the available infrastructure, it is likely to be used first on stationary equipment, generators and rail transport.
Formal testing on the installed engine is expected by early 2022, highlighting that a hydrogen machine can perfectly be for everyday use. “The demonstration will be carried out on stationary equipment for power generation, under a partnership project with a regional utility company,” Deutz reported.
Written by I Jhonattan González