Construction and agricultural vehicles are often large, powerful machines that require a great deal of power to move both themselves and their loads.

The majority are powered by diesel engines. However, switching to hydrogen-powered engines could make them more environmentally beneficial by reducing their emissions to zero. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)) is collaborating with DEUTZ, a Cologne-based engine manufacturer, to develop innovative concepts and solutions for hydrogen-powered construction and agricultural equipment. On August 26, 2021, representatives of the two partners signed a collaboration agreement to this purpose.

The DLR facilitated the collaboration between DEUTZ and the German Aerospace Center.

InnovationHub, a platform that connects actors from the worlds of science and commerce. It expedites the testing of novel concepts and thereby aids in the transition of new technologies from research to application. The present emphasis is on the ‘green construction site,’ which entails adapting existing building technologies to be low-carbon or even carbon-free. The cooperative initiatives are coordinated by the DLR’s technology marketing team and the DEUTZ Innovation Center.

“As part of an intensive collaboration process, research and development expertise is being brought to bear to come up with new solutions to specific real-world challenges,” says Professor Karsten Lemmer, the member of the DLR Executive Board responsible for innovation, knowledge transfer, and research infrastructure. “Formats such as the DLR.InnovationHub, and the partnerships that result from it, are how the DLR fulfils its mission of turning research into commercially viable innovations.”

“The cooperation agreement with the DLR is an important milestone in our development activities,” says Dr. Ing. Markus Müller, DEUTZ’s Chief Technology Officer . “The aim is to speed up progress in making hydrogen drives viable for the off-highway segment, and we will be combining our expertise and R&D capabilities to achieve this.”

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