Volvo Penta Unveils Dual-Fuel Hydrogen Engine
Volvo Penta revealed its dual-fuel hydrogen engine at Bauma 2022 as part of its transformation journey into new, sustainable technologies.
Volvo Penta has taken another step on its journey towards creating a sustainable industrial future with the unveiling of its dual-fuel hydrogen engine. By using hydrogen as a renewable fuel source, the engine – which is an evolution of the company’s proven D8 model – will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80%, without impacting power or performance.
The engine operates in a similar way as the conventional D8 model, but uses mainly hydrogen instead of diesel. If hydrogen is not available, the engine can continue to run on traditional fuel, safeguarding productivity and uptime. This means that with dual fuel technology, assets and business operations can be future-proofed – despite the fact we do not have full coverage from a reliable hydrogen infrastructure in place today.
Volvo Penta has partnered with CMB.TECH to develop the dual-fuel hydrogen-powered solution. CMB.TECH provides and trials the hydrogen add-on kit and tank system that works together with the Volvo Penta D8 engine and software. Currently, the engines are being run in test cells to optimize the hydrogen-diesel injection strategy for maximum reliability and emissions savings.
The first engines will be working in end-customers machines in Europe in 2023 as part of a market pilot project, which will be followed by small-scale production. It will be a stepwise introduction based on market and customer demand and there will be a focus on the fit between the technology and customer needs, ensuring it makes sense to choose a dual-fuel powertrain.
The new, dual-fuel hydrogen-powered solution will help Volvo Penta on its way to reaching its ambitious commitment to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), where the company aims to reach net-zero value chain emissions by 2040.
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