Successful start to the new year. KEYOU, a Munich-based company specializing in hydrogen technologies, and HOERBIGER, one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers, are pooling their expertise in the field of injection technology for hydrogen engines. Both companies recently signed a cooperation agreement aimed at the joint development, production, and commercialization of injectors for hydrogen engines. The focus is on the development of PFI injectors for the high-performance heavy-duty segment.
Accelerate market introduction of hydrogen engines
Both companies are united by the vision of bringing innovative hydrogen technologies to mobility with the aim of accelerating the market launch of hydrogen engines. On the one hand, there is KEYOU, a young company that has already won several awards. Since 2015, it has been developing H2-specific technologies, components and combustion processes that can be used to transform conventional engines into emission-free hydrogen engines. In the process, KEYOU has succeeded in developing the world’s most efficient H2 engine to date from a diesel engine platform. On the other hand, HOERBIGER, one of the leading manufacturers of valve technology in the gas industry, which has made decarbonization a central goal of its product developments.
Development focus PFI injectors
The question of how the hydrogen enters the engine or combustion chamber is of central importance for the quality of hydrogen combustion. Injection technology and the durability of the injectors are therefore key success factors for the development of highly efficient hydrogen engines. And this is precisely where the cooperation comes in: both companies are pooling their design and engineering know-how in the field of hydrogen and injection technology. The focus is on the development of PFI injectors for heavy-duty applications.
“The injector”, explains Thomas Korn, co-founder and CEO of KEYOU GmbH, “is one of the key components of our ‘KEYOU-inside system’, which can be integrated into new and existing engines. If, in addition to the development of new engines, the conversion of existing diesel vehicles for hydrogen is also taken into account, decarbonization in the commercial vehicle sector can be achieved quickly and cost-effectively. With HOERBIGER, we have a competent development partner with many years of experience in the development, production, and commercialization of gas valves at our side. For us as an innovation driver in the field of hydrogen engines, this perfectly complements our knowledge and expertise in the field of hydrogen technologies,” Thomas Korn continues.
HOERBIGER also sees the partnership extremely positively: “HOERBIGER Engine Technology is fully committed to leading innovation in zero-emission hydrogen-based fuel injection technology and is now looking forward to making this journey even more successful with KEYOU for the benefit of our customers”, explains Bernhard Zemann, Head of HOERBIGER Engine Technology.