Boffins make hydrogen power  breakthrough

ENGINEERS at a hi-tech research plant in Emersons Green have run an internal combustion engine on hydrogen for the first time.

IAAPS described the successful test as a “significant breakthrough”, made using “green hydrogen” produced at the centre on the Bristol & Bath Science Park, where an electrolyser splits water into hydrogen and oxygen.

A spokesperson for the centre, which is owned by Bath University, said: “This development marks a milestone in IAAPS’ ongoing efforts to advance hydrogen technologies and plays a vital role in steering the wider transport industry towards sustainable propulsion systems.”

IAAPS says the breakthrough is good news for future projects both at the facility and the broader industry.

It is already involved in a number of other “ambitious initiatives” that can benefit.

IAAPS principal engineer at and project lead Dr Karl Giles said it meant hydrogen was being used as a viable fuel source.

He said: “This result underscores IAAPS’ dedication to pushing the boundaries of innovation in the automotive industry.

“The ability to burn hydrogen safely in an internal combustion engine not only demonstrates the technical feasibility, but also brings us one step closer to a future where hydrogen-powered vehicles could play a crucial role in achieving sustainable transportation.”

IAAPS engineering director Professor Rob Oliver said the project was important to the global effort towards net-zero emissions.

He said: “This successful outcome is testament to IAAPS’ unwavering commitment to sustainable propulsion systems.

“As we continue to innovate, we are actively contributing to the global efforts to achieve net-zero emissions.

“This breakthrough not only opens new doors for the transport industry but also reinforces our role as leaders in advancing technologies that will drive us towards a cleaner, greener future.”

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