UK University in Joint Research Venture Focused on Hydrogen Engines
12 December 2006
The University of Hertfordshire (UK) is opening the Sustainable Energy Technologies Centre (SETCE), an operation focused on developing significant advances in the move to zero-carbon fuels.
As part of this direction, the University has entered into a Knowledge Transfer Project (KTP) with ITM Power Plc in developing the use of electrolytic hydrogen in vehicle engines, which will be developed at SETCE.
As petrol and diesel are not able to be sustained in the coming future, we have needed to think about other ways of running cars.
We believe that the development programme that we are jointly undertaking could be significant to the automotive industry. We hope it will accelerate the market penetration of clean renewable transportation fuels. Widely distributed electrolyzers could address the cost and availability problems that have prevented the adoption of hydrogen as a competitive fuel. We hope the programme will successfully place the University and ITM Power at the forefront of the hydrogen economy.—Derek Eade, Director of SETCE
The joint development program includes the following objectives:
To develop a safe, low-cost modification package for a town car to run on hydrogen and to provide the ability to refuel the vehicle at home or at work, independently of the current fuel delivery infrastructure.
To investigate the conversion of existing petrol fuelled electrical generating sets to run on hydrogen produced from zero carbon sources, such as solar and wind.
To investigate how the addition of hydrogen to the diesel combustion process can either reduce fuel consumption or pollutants and to provide the necessary on-board hydrogen generator system for diesel engines.
ITM will own all intellectual property (IP rights) including any new discoveries made during the development carried out under this program.
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