Long-time diesel manufacturer to adopt fuel cells

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Marine and industrial diesel engine specialists Prior Power Solutions recently announced an MoU with the UK’s Manchester Metropolitan University. The agreement will see the company undertake research and development into hydrogen-injected diesel engines and hydrogen fuel cell technology, in conjunction with the university’s hydrogen fuel cell technology center.

Professor Andy Gibson, pro-vice chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan, commented on the announcement, “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 organizations bridge the zero carbon innovation gap.”

According to the company, it is already conducting research and development into cleaner diesel Stage V engines, hydrogen fuel cells, electric motors and hybrid power systems, combining renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics and wind with engine generators.

According to James Rix, managing director at Prior Power Solutions, “We see hydrogen as a key component of the future energy mix. Our exciting collaboration with the MFCIC (Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre) demonstrates our ability as a credible British manufacturer to adapt to and embrace change.”

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