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JCB: Building A Hydrogen Future

The title of this post, is the same as that of this page on the JCB web site.

The page contains this statement from Lord Bamford, who is JCB’s chairman.

I’m often asked, why hydrogen? Two years ago, I set the challenge that we should be making hydrogen engines for the construction industry and for agriculture. Two years later, we have hydrogen engines working in the kind of equipment that JCB makes. A solution that delivers power in the same way as conventional engines, but with none of the fossil fuels. We’re proving daily that hydrogen does work, that it’s a clean, renewable, transportable fuel.

Bold thinking, a lot of hard work, a lot of innovation – the kind of thing JCB has been delivering for over 75 years.

It is followed by a series of articles on hydrogen and JCB.

February 3, 2023 - Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen |


  1. […] JCB are certainly showing everything you need for hydrogen-powered construction and agricultural equipment on their web site, as I pointed out in JCB: Building A Hydrogen Future. […]

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  2. This is a great post about JCB’s commitment to hydrogen technology and the innovation that it takes to make it a reality. It’s great to hear Lord Bamford’s thoughts on the matter and it’s clear that JCB is putting a lot of effort into this. This is definitely a technology to watch and I’m curious to know what other industries JCB plans to apply this technology to? Will there be more applications in construction and agriculture or will JCB explore other areas?

    Comment by Lohan Smith | February 12, 2023 | Reply

  3. Anywhere that uses a diesel engine will be targeted by hydrogen developers and innovators.

    Railway locomotives could be a big area, as for freight, electrification and cargo loading with cranes are a bad mix, as containers do get occasionally dropped.

    Freight handling in ports has already been identified and JCB are a partner in Freeport East.

    I heard today, that recently at a show, Cummins showed a Mercedes truck, that had been fitted with a Cummins hydrogen internal combustion engine. The conversion had been done in three months. That is rather cheeky, but totally legal.
    Supposing you own a fleet of twenty fairly-new Mercedes ready-mixed concrete trucks. Customers are requiring zero-carbon delivery of ready-mix because workers prefer to work in a pollution-free atmosphere. So converting trucks to hydrogen could be good for business.

    Grass care, where mowers are powered by hydrogen, is a distinct possibility.

    Standby generators. Hospitals might even generate their own hydrogen and oxygen with their own electrolyser. The oxygen would be used on the wards and the hydrogen would be stored for the emergency generators or used in vehicles or even sold in a local garage.

    Comment by AnonW | February 12, 2023 | Reply

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