Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and Great Yarmouth-based Prior Power Solutions will undertake research and development into cleaner hydrogen-injected diesel engines and hydrogen fuel cell technology as part of a new partnership.
The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will see Prior Power Solutions work with the university and its £4m hydrogen fuel cell technology centre to develop engines utilising hydrogen injection, which will significantly reduce overall emissions levels.
Professor Andy Gibson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at MMU, said, “We’re excited about developing this partnership with Prior Power Solutions and look forward to progressing to the next stage, focusing on developing transnational research where hydrogen fuel cells can be effective in helping organisations bridge the zero carbon innovation gap.”
Amer Gaffar, Director of the Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre (MFCIC), added, “Our vision for the centre has always stemmed from the need to support businesses like Prior Power Solutions.”
“We look forward to helping them with the journey towards transitioning to developing cleaner power solutions.”
Now in its 40th year, Prior Power Solutions, formerly Prior Diesel, is adapting its business model to also develop and supply electric, hybrid, gas and hydrogen-powered products.
“We see hydrogen as a key component of the future energy mix. Our exciting partnership with the MFCIC demonstrates our ability as a credible British manufacturer to adapt to and embrace change,” said James Rix, Managing Director of Prior Power Solutions.