Clean engine developments in China have taken a major step forward, with China Yuchai International stating that its YCK05 hydrogen-powered engine has achieved stable ignition and operation in a recent demonstration project.
Believed to be China’s first operating hydrogen engine, the development adopts a number of advanced technologies such as high-pressure multi-point inlet air injection, high-efficiency low-inertia turbocharging, high-efficiency lean burn combustion and more.
To develop the YCK05, China Yuchai teamed up with the Beijing Institute of Technology, at which the recent demonstration project was held and scientific research cooperation has been carried out.
Through the key partnership, it is hoped the engine will be widely application in bus, municipal, sanitation, logistics and distribution markets as the country aims to cut emissions related to transportation.
Weng Ming Hoh, President of China Yuchai, said, “With our advancements in developing hydrogen-powered engines, we have expanded to become the domestic enterprise with the largest engine technology portfolio consisting of traditional internal combustion engines, gas-powered engines, hybrid engines, and new energy power technologies.
“We look forward to the commercialisation of hydrogen-powered engines in the future to meet the needs of our diversified customer base and to contribute to improving the environment.”
A commercialisation date for the engine has not yet been revealed.