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Perkins spearheads hydrogen hybrid power solutions for off-highway OEMs

Perkins spearheads hydrogen hybrid power solutions for off-highway OEMs
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Perkins, in collaboration with Equipmake and Loughborough University, is set to pioneer the development of innovative hydrogen hybrid power units, marking a significant stride in the energy transition for off-highway original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

The partnership aims to bridge the gap for both large-scale and resource-limited OEMs in the off-highway sector, offering advanced multi-fuel hybrid integrated power units. These units are designed to seamlessly replace diesel engines, facilitating a swift transition to low-carbon and zero-carbon fuels including hydrogen, methanol, and bio-ethanol.

With an GBP11.14 million (USD13.66 million) grant from the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC), Project Coeus is at the forefront of this initiative. The project entails the enhancement of a 7-litre Perkins® 1200 Series industrial power unit, integrating hybrid-electric components and sophisticated controls for hydrogen fuel operation. The comprehensive package, including ECM sensors and control systems, aims to expedite OEM development processes and cut down engineering and assembly expenses.

Perkins’ global engineering headquarters in Peterborough, UK, will oversee the three-and-a-half-year project. Equipmake will contribute its e-powertrain technology expertise, while Loughborough University will enhance engine analytics and emissions control.

David Goldspink, Perkins vice president and general manager, expressed enthusiasm about the project’s potential to address pivotal challenges in the off-highway industry’s energy transition. The initiative underscores the collaborative effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally and in the UK.

Perkins is not only focusing on hydrogen hybrid technology but is also exploring a variety of energy transition pathways. The company is developing lithium-ion battery solutions of varying voltages, equipped with modular designs and factory-installed telematics to enhance performance in diverse off-highway applications.

The company continues to offer EU Stage V and U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final industrial diesel engines and industrial open power units (IOPU) to assist OEMs in minimising greenhouse gas emissions. Perkins is also adapting to the use of alternative fuels like hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and biodiesel, promoting sustainability.

In addition to these, Perkins is enhancing connectivity solutions and aftermarket capabilities to boost fuel efficiency and extend machine life cycles, contributing to a sustainable, low-carbon future.