August 14, 2006
Ford Validates Hydrogen-Fueled Vehicle Effort
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Hydrogen Engine Center (HEC) was incorporated in June of 2003. It was shortly thereafter that the naysayers began to cast their doubts about HEC president, Ted Hollinger's vision to create a hydrogen fueled power source using an internal combustion engine. "They all said I was wasting my time, trying to create a 21st century energy solution using forty year old technology that featured an engine design once used in a 1960's vintage pickup truck," said Hollinger.
On July 17th, it was announced to the world that Ford Motor Company shares Hollinger's vision. On that day, Ford proclaimed that they were developing a hydrogen fueled E-450 bus powered by a 6.8L V-10 engine. "This announcement validates the efforts made by HEC toward the continued development of hydrogen fueled internal combustion engines (HICE)," said Hollinger.
Like Ford has now done, HEC brings state-of-the-art technology to the table in the development of their hydrogen engines. For the most part, these engines look and perform much like the ones currently running of standard pump gasoline. Internally there are numerous design upgrades that allow the engines to run on hydrogen, externally the engines feature a proprietary designed computer and fuel delivery system that sets them apart in the industrial world.
It is because of their commitment to the reduction of engine related emissions and dependency on foreign oil imports that in the near future Hydrogen Engine Center officials expect to surpass all industrial fuel cell and internal combustion industrial engine manufacturers combined in production of alternative fueled engines.
Hydrogen Engine Center, Inc. designs, manufactures and distributes flex and alternative fuel internal combustion engines and power generation equipment for agricultural, industrial, airport ground support, vehicular, business and home applications. All HEC engines and generators are capable of running on a multitude of fuels, including but not limited to hydrogen, gasoline, propane, natural gas or ethanol. Engines that run on other fuels are currently under development.
by Jeffrey Rowe, Editor
Although HEC is a relatively small company, it has big ambitions with the engines that it is developing that run on alternative fuels, including hydrogen. HEC actually introduced its first production-ready hydrogen-fueled engine just about two years ago. With several connections to Ford even then (as you'll see below), that engine was a highly modified Ford 4.9L that produced 74 HP using commercial grade hydrogen.
HEC was founded by Theodore G. Hollinger, formerly Director of Engineering at Ford Motor Company and Vice President of the Power Conversion Group at Ballard Power Systems responsible for development of hydrogen engine generator power sets (gensets). When Ballard cancelled its genset program, Mr. Hollinger founded Hydrogen Engine Center (HEC) with the goal of establishing a "hydrogen engine center of excellence" to foster the development of hydrogen engines for industrial applications.
The Company's products are being marketed under the brand name "Oxx Power". The engines are being assembled and tested in Algona, Iowa, which was formerly the site of a Ford engine rebuilding center. HEC plans to distribute its engines through an existing network of Ford industrial engine distributors.
internal combustion engines. However, HEC's engines can be converted to hydrogen or other flex-fuels in the future.
A hydrogen engine looks like a standard gasoline engine. Parts are identical including the motor mounts, radiator, or any other part of the vehicle infrastructure. Only the fuel storage and delivery systems are different. HEC intends to ultimately assist end users in choosing the proper fueling system and to be involved in providing training in hydrogen safety.
lower cost) can be used.
Availability of engines and availability of fuel have been the two biggest issues for acceptance and adoption of alternatively-powered vehicles, and HEC is contributing to the engine side of the equation. Although the company is relatively small, it is thinking big about the future.
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