Cummins Inc. confirmed its commitment at Con Expo to playing a major role in the hydrogen economy as part of its Destination Zero initiative and the recent launch of Accelera by Cummins, a new brand unveiled last week representing a quickening pace of bringing zero-emissions solutions to market.
“Cummins has developed leading power solutions for over a hundred years, and we continue to demonstrate our leadership in developing a broad range of sustainable drivetrains looking to the future – with hydrogen playing a key role,” said Antonio Leitao. “Our strategy is to focus on the complete hydrogen value chain to drive sustainability and enable faster adoption.”
As a result of acquisitions and investment, Cummins is focusing on three key areas for hydrogen: the production of green hydrogen, the management and transportation of hydrogen, and the application of hydrogen in engines and fuel cells.
“Accelera is committed to raising awareness of the flexibility and dependability of hydrogen and fuel cell engines,” said Alison Trueblood. “We are building long-lasting partnerships with our customers based on the shared knowledge that the best power solutions of the future are zero-emissions.”
Accelera is establishing new electrolyzer plants in La Mancha, Spain and Minnesota, USA as well as expanding production at Oevel, Belgium and Mississauga, Canada. With over 600 electrolyzers deployed globally in 100 countries, Accelera’s investment is growing in this technology. One of the latest projects includes providing a 35-megawatt (MW) proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzer system for Linde’s new hydrogen production plant in Niagara Falls, New York. Once commissioned, Accelera’s electrolyzer system will power Linde’s largest green hydrogen plant in the U.S. On display is Accelera’s 1500E stack which forms part of a 2.5 MW PEM Electrolyzer.
Cummins is developing hydrogen-powered combustion engines that will provide sustainable solutions that are more aligned with current vehicle designs to reduce complexity for OEMs and their customers. The reuse of appropriate components drives economies of scale while also providing reliability and durability equal to diesel.
Visitors to Con Expo were able to see Cummins’ M15H hydrogen engine aimed at excavators, wheel loaders, drilling rigs, road planning, milling machines and air compressors, with a top rating of 530 hp (395 kW) and an impressive peak torque of 2600 Nm.
Accelera displayed its fourth-generation fuel cell engine at Con Expo which provides improved power density, efficiency and durability while delivering zero greenhouse gas and zero criteria air emissions. It is available in single 150 kW and dual 300 kW module engines for heavy-duty off-highway applications.