Power solutions provider Cummins is looking to decarbonise industry and accelerate its development of low-to-zero carbon emission technologies following its joining of the Hydrogen Engine Alliance (HEA).

Utilising its experience in both internal combustion engine and hydrogen fuel cell development, Cummins has been working to advance low carbon technologies through initiatives such as its fuel-agnostic engine range project and a partnership with NPROXX to integrate hydrogen engines with onboard gas tanks. 

By becoming a member of the HEA, Cummins joins the likes of Bosch, Daimler Truck, and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in a drive to help advance the research and development of sustainable hydrogen engine technology. 

Commenting on the commitment, Jonathan Atkinson, Executive Director, Cummins, On-Highway Europe, said, “Internal combustion engines are efficient, robust, and can operate continuously under heavy load – attributes that will carry forward with hydrogen fuel.” 

“These advantages, combined with CO2 (carbon dioxide) neutrality, means hydrogen has the potential to play a significant role in decarbonising both commercial and industrial applications.” 

In July of last year, Cummins announced the testing of its hydrogen internal combustion (ICE) technology. 

Debuted at ACT Expo on Long Beach, California, the 15-litre hydrogen engine achieved production level power and torque targets (over 810 ft-lbs torque and 290 hp from the medium-duty engine). 

As part of its ‘Destination Zero’ strategy, Cummins’ is developing the technology as part of its pledge to support carbon emissions reduction ‘through a broad range of power solutions’. 

“Technological openness will be a significant contributor to achieving our global climate goals and this initiative harnesses the expertise of key industry players to promote rapid and efficient development of hydrogen as a favourable power source,” commented Dr. Thomas Koch, Chairman, HEA.