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Hydrogen-fuelled internal combustion engines could be superior to fuel cells, says Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Hydrogen-fuelled internal combustion engines could be superior to fuel cells, says Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Hydrogen-fuelled internal combustion engines (ICEs) have been regarded as “superior to fuel cells” by Dr. Motohiko Nishimura, Executive Officer of Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

With much of the industry turning to hydrogen fuel cells to power mobility applications, hydrogen ICEs have been touted as an exciting new technology that could provide an edge to heavy-duty applications.

Nishimura told H2 View, “In terms of durability and reliability, it [hydrogen ICE] is superior to fuel cells, making it suitable for heavy-duty use on ships, heavy machinery and long-distance buses and trucks. Naturally, they are the most cost-competitive power source.”

Clearly hydrogen ICEs hold massive potential in decarbonising several mobility applications, however they can also provide a competitive edge to fuel cell manufacturers to increase the efficiency of its products, Nishimura explained to H2 View.

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