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Scania and Westport Fuel System will Cooperate in Hydrogen Research Project

By January 21, 2021 4   min read  (614 words)

January 21, 2021 |

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia-– Westport Fuel Systems Inc. (“Westport Fuel Systems”) (TSX:WPRT / Nasdaq:WPRT) today announced it has agreed to commence a research project with Scania to apply its HPDI 2.0TM fuel system with hydrogen to the latest Scania commercial vehicle engine. Preliminary test results are expected in the second half of 2021.

“Our specialty is working with gaseous fuels. Hydrogen use in an internal combustion engine with our HPDI fuel system could offer another cost-competitive pathway to reduce CO2 emissions from transportation,” said David M. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Westport Fuel Systems. “This exciting evolution of our patented technology could provide an economic, competitive alternative to fuel cells while providing a similar greenhouse gas emission reduction profile.”

“We invested in hydrogen technologies early. Going forward, what we learn from this research project will enable us to provide the best possible offering to our customers,” said Eric Olofsson, Senior Technical Advisor at Scania Powertrain Research & Technology.

About Scania

Scania is a world-leading provider of transport solutions, including trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, with an extensive product-related service offering. Scania is also a leading provider of industrial and marine engines.

About Westport Fuel Systems

Westport Fuel Systems is driving innovation to power a cleaner tomorrow. The company is 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 automotive industry. Westport’s 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 Vancouver, Canada, with operations in Europe, Asia, North America and South America, the company serves customers in more than 70 countries with leading global transportation brands. For more information, visit www.wfsinc.com.

Scania Press Release

Scania has entered into a research project with Canadian Westport Fuel Systems, in order to try a High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) fuel system using hydrogen to the latest Scania internal combustion engine (ICE). 

The possibility of using an ICE as an energy converter for hydrogen is an interesting track to explore. It is a well-known and widespread technology that could be used in Scania’s current production systems, and that is what Westport is looking to enable with their HPDI.
A sustain­able trans­port system
Previously, Scania engineers have gained valuable insights from tests with hydrogen and fuel cells. Scania continues to drive the shift towards a sustainable transport system with here-and-now-solutions as well as exploring new and future solutions where this research project is yet another example. “We look forward to the results of this research, and how it can guide us in future decisions. However, research is always complex and we expect it to take quite some time before we see the outcome,” says Eric Olofsson, Senior Technical Advisor at Scania Powertrain Research & Technology.
Looking forward to research results

As a supplier of advanced fuel delivery components and systems for clean, low-carbon fuels to the automotive industry, Westport is keen to see what this research brings: “Hydrogen use in an internal combustion engine with our HPDI fuel system could offer another cost-competitive pathway to reduce CO2 emissions from transportation,” says David M. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Westport Fuel Systems.

“We invested early on in hydrogen technologies, and going forward, the knowledge we achieve when participating in research projects enables us to make the best possible offering to our customers,” Olofsson concludes.

Scania believes that hydrogen will play a role in the transport system, learning a lot from early tests and these efforts continue. However, a significant role for hydrogen is not imminent in the near future in transport.

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