Hydrogen fuel project promises ultra-clean air in China

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ULEMCo, an integrator of H2 systems for transport, has been selected to lead a collaborative project focused on carbon and emissions reduction of vehicles in China in the next 10 years. ULEMCo has received grant funding via Innovate UK from the cross-government Newton Fund.

This US$2.5m business-led, 24-month project will investigate the practical challenges of developing mass market hydrogen fueled vehicles for China, especially commercial vehicles. It will explore novel routes to ‘green’ hydrogen production, and relevant hydrogen storage approaches designed to meet the specific market challenges in China.

ULEMCo will work with the University of Liverpool (UoL) in the UK and two Chinese organizations – the Wuhan New Energy Institute (WNEI) of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), and Hubei Swan Coatings.

The project will optimize photo-catalysts using high throughput robotics at the UoL, in collaboration with HUST, into a scaled production system capable of making significant volumes of hydrogen vehicle fuel. It will also develop high surface area materials for the storage of this hydrogen and its incorporation into purpose designed onboard fuel storage. ULEMCo will use its capability for safe conversion of commercial vehicles into dual fuel hydrogen/diesel combustion, and develop their approach for a better than EURO VI emission standard vehicle suitable for Chinese markets.

The project will combine a new engine control approach, hydrogen selective catalysts and the low cost storage system into a mass production retrofit conversion kit for light and heavy duty commercial vehicles.

January 18, 2017

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