VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Westport Fuel Systems Inc. (“Westport”) (TSX: WPRT / Nasdaq: WPRT) a global leader in low-emissions alternative fuel transportation technologies, and Scania AB, a world-leading provider of transport solutions, announced today impressive engine test results of Westport’s H₂ HPDI fuel system for heavy-duty vehicle applications.
The joint demonstration program between Westport and Scania tests the capabilities of the H₂ HPDI fuel system as applied to the Scania 13-Litre CBE1 platform, Scania’s next-generation, best-in-class engine intended for Euro Vll on-highway emission standards. Scania’s engine fulfils the strictest exhaust emission requirements with low fuel consumption and high torque. When using Westport’s HPDI technology fueled with hydrogen, a zero-carbon fuel, the early test results show performance with a peak Brake Thermal Efficiency of 51.5 % complemented by 48.7% at road load conditions, all with engine-out NOx similar to the base diesel engine, which is compatible with Euro VII and EPA27.
“Westport’s expertise is in working with gaseous fuels. Hydrogen use in an internal combustion engine with our HPDI fuel system is an affordable pathway to employ a zero-carbon fuel using existing engine architecture and existing manufacturing infrastructure,” said David M. Johnson, chief executive officer of Westport Fuel Systems. “This exciting evolution of our patented technology provides greater performance while achieving dramatically reduced emissions.”
“The H₂ HPDI concept requires limited redesign of the diesel cylinder head and no redesign of the external gas exchange system, exhaust aftertreatment system or crank case ventilation system, while providing high low-end torque – 28bar BMEP at 900rpm – and excellent transient performance. This enables a short time to market with an excellent product associated with low investments, and could be a complement to battery electric vehicles, especially for long haulage and locations with limited electrical infrastructure,” said Eric Olofsson, senior technical advisor at Scania.
The companies expect to complete the initial engine testing in the coming month, before continuing with the next step. Hydrogen use in an internal combustion engine with the H₂ HPDI fuel system is a cost-competitive pathway with existing technology to employ a zero-carbon fuel to power heavy-duty transportation applications that require robust and reliable solutions.
Scania is a world-leading provider of transport solutions, including trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, with an extensive product-related service offering. With over 54,000 employees in more than 100 countries, and together with our partners and customers, we are driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system. For more information, visit www.scania.com.
At Westport Fuel Systems, we are driving innovation to power a cleaner tomorrow. We are a leading supplier of advanced fuel delivery components and systems for clean, low-carbon fuels such as natural gas, renewable natural gas, propane, and hydrogen to the global transportation industry. Our technology delivers the performance and fuel efficiency required by transportation applications and the environmental benefits that address climate change and urban air quality challenges. Headquartered in Canada, with global operations we serve our customers in more than 70 countries with leading global transportation brands. For more information, visit www.wfsinc.com.
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