Engine manufacturer Deutz has developed an engine that burns hydrogen directly. Series production is scheduled to start in 2024.
The Cologne-based engine manufacturer Deutz is launching its first hydrogen engine with the TCG 7.8 H2. It uses hydrogen directly as a fuel and does not require a detour via a fuel cell. According to Deutz, the new engine meets the CO2 limit for "zero emissions" specified by the EU and is therefore on an equal footing with electric engines.
Deutz plans series production of the engine for 2024. The company has already successfully completed initial tests on the test bench. The six-cylinder TCG 7.8 H2 is based on an existing engine concept. It not only runs CO2 neutral, but also very quietly and already delivers 200 kW of power. The engine is basically suitable for all applications that Deutz has already served with its conventional drive. This means, for example, tractors, construction machinery, commercial vehicles and rail vehicles.
Start as an electricity producer
However, Deutz assumes that the new hydrogen engine will initially be used in the areas of stationary systems and generators as well as in rail transport due to the necessary hydrogen infrastructure. A first pilot project, with which Deutz would like to gain further experience, is scheduled to start at the beginning of 2022. In cooperation with a regional partner, the hydrogen engine will be used in a stationary plant to generate electricity.
Hydrogen as an energy source is on everyone's lips these days, but usually in combination with a fuel cell, which uses it to generate energy for electric drives. The idea of running a combustion engine directly with hydrogen is not new. BMW had already built corresponding prototypes in various 7 generations , but then discontinued the development of hydrogen engines.,
Engine manufacturer Deutz has developed a six-cylinder that uses hydrogen directly as fuel. Series production is scheduled to start in 2024. However, widespread use here also depends on a corresponding hydrogen infrastructure.