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Transport Enterprise Leasing To Integrate Cummins X15H Hydrogen Engine Into Heavy Duty Trucks

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Fleet Equipment.

This is the first paragraph.

Transport Enterprise Leasing and Cummins Inc. announced recently that TEL has signed a letter of intent planning to purchase Cummins’ 15-liter hydrogen internal combustion engines when available. TEL will integrate the Cummins’ X15H hydrogen engines into their fleet of heavy-duty trucks.

This second paragraph is very significant.

Hydrogen engines can use zero-carbon green hydrogen fuel, produced by Cummins-manufactured electrolyzers. The projected investment in renewable hydrogen production globally will provide a growing opportunity for the deployment of hydrogen-powered fleets utilizing either Cummins fuel cell or engine power.

Cummins would appear to be aiming to be a one-stop shop to decarbonise your fleet of heavy trucks or anything that is powered by a Cummins diesel engine.

I did a small amount of work for Cummins about twenty years ago and one of the companies objectives was to be able to provide a diesel engine to fit anybody’s application.

So if someone wanted a diesel engine with a particular power, that fitted in an unusually-shaped or confined space, they would rearrange the layout of the engine to make it fit.

I suspect that London’s New Routemaster buses have a special version of Cummins B Series engine, designed for its unusual location halfway up the back stairs.

Will Cummins produce a hydrogen internal combustion engine for the New Routemaster?

  • The buses could become zero-carbon, at less cost than new buses.
  • Passengers would notice no difference in ride comfort and experience.
  • Drivers would just need to use the hydrogen systems.
  • Maintenance staff would only need to be trained n handling the hydrogen system, as much of the buses would be unchanged.
  • Cummins could sell an electrolyser to each garage.
  • London would get some good publicity for tourism.

London’s iconic bus would look the same.

September 15, 2022 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Paying My Respect To The Queen

Last night, I paid my respect to Queen Elizabeth.

At around 23:15, I took a 141 bus from near my house and walked to the end of the queue near Southwark Cathedral.

It was a two-and-a-half mile walk, but I managed it reasonably well.

But I did have problems, as it was a bit dark.

  • I did have a problem with my boot laces, which I had difficulty tying up again.
  • I did trip a couple of times, but didn’t really hurt myself.
  • It didn’t help, that some of the pavements on the South Bank aren’t the best.

When I arrived into Victoria Gardens, prior to entry into Westminster Hall, the queue was meandered about twenty times for control purposes.

  • It was on a heavily-textured rubber matting and some of the turns played havoc with my feet.
  • I now have a large blister on the bottom of my right foot.
  • After I left the lying-in state, I was asked by a Red Cross lady about my visit and she said others had suffered how I did.

I would suggest that if you go to the lying-in state, you choose your footwear with care.

I’ve been to Westminster Hall before and I wrote about it, in To a Reception at the House of Lords, which includes this picture.

The hall did the Queen proud today.

If you get a chance to attend, do it! But be careful about your footwear!

Also note, that from the time I joined the queue until the time I left Westminster Hall was over eight hours.

September 15, 2022 Posted by | World | , , , , , | 2 Comments