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  • TUPY, Westport Fuel Systems (WPRT) and AVL to collaborate on the demonstration of the world’s most efficient hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine
  • Unlike fuel cell technology, hydrogen ICEs enable carbon-neutral transportation utilizing existing base engine technology
  • In order to increase efficiency and therefore improve the fuel consumption of current spark ignited hydrogen ICEs, TUPY, Westport and AVL will jointly work on the development of an HPDI H2-ICE
  • First testbed results of this new joint development program with AVL, TUPY and Westport are expected by early 2022
  • Westport Fuel Systems Inc. (WPRT) is down 3.87 per cent and is trading at C$4.84 at 12:27 pm ET

TUPY (TUPY3/B3) and Westport Fuel Systems (WPRT) collaborate on the demonstration of the world’s most efficient hydrogen internal combustion engine.

The direct collaboration aims at combining advanced material and casting technologies with the latest H2 ICE technology using high-pressure direct injection (HPDI)™.

Hydrogen is a promising energy carrier for carbon-neutral heavy-duty transportation applications, as it has the potential for fast refuelling and can be used to power fuel cells or ICEs.

Unlike fuel cell technology, hydrogen ICEs enable carbon-neutral transportation utilizing existing base engine technology. Powertrain efficiency will be a key success factor to ensure affordable hydrogen truck and bus solutions.

In order to increase efficiency and therefore improve the fuel consumption of current spark ignited hydrogen ICEs, TUPY, Westport and AVL will jointly work on the development of an HPDI H2-ICE.

To deal with high peak firing pressures, superior materials, casting and machining technologies are required.

AVL successfully completed the development of the AVL Hydrogen Engine in collaboration with Graz University of Technology earlier this year, while Westport has also previously demonstrated successful startup and trials of heavy-duty ICEs running on H2 using HPDI.

The first testbed results of this new joint development program with AVL, TUPY and Westport are expected by early 2022.

“It is very rewarding to partner up with AVL and Westport in this search for a carbon-free, cost-efficient transport solution,” said Fernando de Rizzo, CEO of TUPY.

“Hydrogen HPDI offers OEMs a fast, cost-efficient pathway to carbon-neutral technology, without sacrificing performance,” said David M. Johnson, CEO of Westport Fuel Systems.

“HPDI is already successfully powering thousands of trucks today, reducing and/or nearly eliminating greenhouse gases on a proven technology platform,” added Johnson.

Westport Fuel Systems is driving innovation to power a cleaner tomorrow. The company is a leading supplier of advanced fuel delivery components and systems for clean, low-carbon fuels such as natural gas, renewable natural gas, propane, and hydrogen to the global automotive industry.

TUPY is a Brazilian company specialized in developing and manufacturing highly engineered, machined, cast iron components applied to a variety of capital goods such as trucks, construction and agricultural machinery and many other industrial applications.

Westport Fuel Systems Inc. (WPRT) is down 3.87 per cent and is trading at C$4.84 at 12:27 pm ET.

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