Hydrogen Engine Center Unveils One-Cylinder Hydrogen Combustion Engine; First Application in Combined Heat and Power
Hydrogen Engine Center (HEC) has completed the initial design and engineering of its compact, single-cylinder internal combustion engine. The new engine is entering operational testing, and is designed to run interchangeably on hydrogen, propane, natural gas, ethanol or gasoline.
This engine complements the Company’s existing family of 2, 3, 6 and 8-cylinder Oxx Power alternative fuel internal combustion engines.
The 0.8-liter, one-cylinder engine expands the potential market for HEC’s engines and power generation products. This market includes applications such as powering industrial compressors, chemical and substance mixers and industrial conveyers.
HEC will initially supply this engine to UK-based ITM Power, pursuant to a previously announced teaming agreement. Under the HEC/ITM Power agreement, HEC engines are being integrated with ITM Power electrolyzers, to become a stand-alone power generation solution for industrial and residential customers.
In addition to industrial applications, the one-cylinder Oxx Power engine generator-set system will be able to provide all of the heating and hot water demands for homes. The system is designed to allow for “fuel by wire,” using lower cost, off-peak electricity or locally produced renewable energy to generate hydrogen which then fuels the HEC engines and generator sets. The first of these engines are to be delivered to ITM this spring.