Israel-based Aquarius Engines has unveiled a new hydrogen engine that may make reliance on both hydrogen fuel cells and fossil fuel a thing of the past. A small engine, weighing only 10 kg, is based on the same technology as their original patented single-piston-linear-engine but operates 100% on hydrogen, without the need for fuel cells.
As many countries around the world prepare to abandon fossil fuels, Aquarius Engines has successfully tested a viable, environmentally friendly alternative that operates on hydrogen. The new solution features a lightweight design and unique internal-gas-exchange-method, which could significantly reduce emissions and a global carbon footprint.
The company waited to present the new hydrogen generator until after successful testing by an independent company, the Austrian AVL-Schrick. Tests have shown that a modified version of the original Aquarius Engine can fully operate on hydrogen.
“It was always our dream at Aquarius Engines to breathe oxygen into hydrogen technology as the fuel of the future. From initial tests, it appears that our hydrogen engine that doesn’t require costly hydrogen fuel cells could be the affordable, green and sustainable answer to the challenges faced by global transport and remote energy production. As the world moves away from fossil fuel, our new hydrogen engine could spark the dawning of the Age of Aquarius,” Said Gal Fridman, Chairman of Aquarius Engines.
The Aquarius Engines was invented in 2014 and is designed as an onboard power generator in a vehicle or as a stand-alone electricity generator. Unlike most conventional engines that consist of hundreds of parts, the Aquarius engine has only 20 components and one moving part. Lightweight, simple design makes it affordable and highly efficient, with minimal maintenance requirements compared to traditional engines.
The original unit of the Israeli company is currently undergoing successful field tests in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Aquarius Engines recently announced a partnership with Nokia in the field of remote communication and power equipment management, in addition to establishing a branch in Tokyo and partnerships with Japanese auto-parts manufacturers TPR and Honda-affiliate Musashi Seimitsu.
Aquarius Engines technology currently has over twenty patents registered worldwide. Aquarius Engines has production and development centers in Israel, Germany, and Poland.