ITM Power, a clean fuel and energy storage company, and transport industry innovator The Hardstaff Group, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop and market a Hydrogen Compressed Natural Gas (HCNG) fuel system for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs). Natural Gas or Bio Methane may be combined at various ratios with hydrogen to produce HCNG, which, when burned, offers significant benefits in the emissions performance and efficiency of engines. These improvements in combustion not only reduce the tailpipe emissions of carbon dioxide, NOx, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons but also allow for increased engine speed operation, enabling the downsizing of engines. Engine downsizing results in improved operational efficiency and reduced weight.
ITM Power designs and manufactures hydrogen energy systems for energy storage and clean fuel production. ITM Power is committed to clean sustainable energy solutions based around water electrolysis. CEO, Dr Graham Cooley, commented: “Partnering with the Hardstaff Group allows for the staged rollout of hydrogen technology to Heavy Goods Vehicles; a market driven by cost reduction and improvements in efficiency. By providing HCNG solutions for HGVs, ITM Power is able to access a huge market and make significant reductions to the haulage sector’s carbon footprint, and increase operational efficiency.”
The Hardstaff Group specialises in providing innovative solutions for service/product enhancements and environmental protection, and in particular, in the use of natural gas and biomethane in HGVs. Trevor Fletcher, Chairman & Managing Director, said: “Innovative fuel solutions is our business and partnering with ITM Power brings together a wealth of experience in gas and hydrogen technologies. We are very excited about the possibilities.”
(This article compiled using information from an ITM Power press release)