Hydrogen Engine Center Introduces a Distribution Network
12 May 2006
Hydrogen Engine Center (HEC), the manufacturer of Oxx Power engines, has introduced an official distribution network for its hydrogen-burning engines for the United States and Canada.
The 10 distributors are past and present Ford Power Product distributors, selected for their knowledge of the Ford 300 six-cylinder engine—the foundation for HEC’s rebuilt Oxx Engines. (Earlier post.)
The Oxx Power 4.9-liter engine is manufactured to replace the discontinued Ford 300 six-cylinder that is still being used in airport ground support equipment, highway vehicles, irrigation, power generation, wind machines and other industrial applications.
Ted Hollinger, the founder of HEC, believes his company can fill the void left in the industrial (e.g., ground support equipment) and power generation engine market when large automotive companies re-focused their efforts to concentrate on vehicle engines.
Hollinger was formerly Director of Power Conversion for the Ecostar Division of Ford Motor Company and formerly Power Conversion Group Vice President of Ballard Power Systems, responsible for development of hydrogen engine gensets.
HEC also offers the 2.4-liter, 65 hp (48.5 kW), three-cylinder Mini Oxx created to fill a void in the 30 to 70 hp spark-ignited industrial engine market. The Mini Oxx will power airport baggage tractors, irrigation pumps, power generation equipment, wood chippers and more.
Oxx Power engines can be built to run on gasoline, propane, natural gas, hydrogen and an assortment of gaseous fuel blends. HEC is also researching ammonia as a fuel source. Customers can order engines from their distributors that specifically fit their needs.
The company has a production capacity of about 4,000 engines per year.
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