A national project of the Industrial Technology Evaluation and Management Institute under the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy has chosen Hyundai Doosan Infracore as the lead organization for the development of hydrogen engine systems and storage and supply systems for construction machinery and commercial vehicles.
As a result, work has begun on developing hydrogen engines for use in buses, trucks, and construction machinery.
Hyundai Doosan Infracore intends to use this project to create a hydrogen tank system that can achieve “zero-carbon” as well as a 300 kW, 11-liter hydrogen engine.
Commercial vehicles like trucks and huge buses, as well as construction equipment like excavators, will have hydrogen engines installed and validated by 2024, with mass manufacturing beginning in 2025.
One of the three upcoming carbon-neutral powertrains (electric battery, hydrogen fuel cell, and hydrogen engine) designed to combat global warming is the hydrogen engine.
By altering the existing internal combustion engine’s fuel delivery and injection systems, it generates power by burning hydrogen.
The benefit of hydrogen engines is that they may use existing engine technology and equipment, which lowers costs and speeds up commercialization.
Hydrogen engines are cost-effective because they can run on low-purity hydrogen, unlike fuel cells, which need hydrogen that is more than 99.99 percent pure.
Particularly, electric batteries are suited for passenger automobiles since they have a low energy density in relation to their capacity. Although hydrogen fuel cells are costly and call for technological maturities, such as ensuring endurance in severe settings, they offer a high energy density. For this reason, medium- to large-sized commercial vehicles and construction equipment are thought to benefit most from the hydrogen engine.
By creating a hydrogen engine based on the technology it has amassed in internal combustion engines such as construction heavy equipment, generators, and marine engines since it developed its own diesel engine for the first time in Korea in 1985, Hyundai Doosan Infracore intends to dominate the related market.
The future of the market for hydrogen engines is likewise promising.
Before the implementation of Euro 7, a tighter exhaust gas regulation, and the carbon neutrality legislation for carbon neutrality, commercial vehicle makers are hurrying to develop eco-friendly engines.
The hydrogen engine market is anticipated to expand between 2022 and 2030 at a CAGR of 8.74 percent, according to Market Statsville, a global market research organization.
According to a representative from Hyundai Doosan Infracore, “The hydrogen engine we started developing will be utilized for mid-to-large-sized generators as well as medium- to large-sized commercial vehicles such as construction equipment, trucks, and buses.” We’ll do everything we can to dominate the market by creating hydrogen-related technologies.