Hydrogen. Fuelling the future.
Understanding hydrogen fuel
Hydrogen fuel is a clean, renewable, safe and transportable fuel and is the ultimate zero CO2 solution.
Hydrogen is stored as gas under high pressure, which is stepped down to lower pressure when injected into the engine. JCB’s unique combustion process involves lowering the pressure and temperature within the engine to give a clean burn and a zero-emission product while delivering exactly the same power and torque as a diesel engine.
How does refuelling work?
To support hydrogen equipment, JCB has developed a hydrogen refuelling unit which stores hydrogen in cylinders.
The unit can be delivered to site and allows the user to deliver hydrogen via a nozzle into their machine when needed. It only takes minutes to fill up, which is comparable with diesel fuels. JCB refuelling units can refuel a JCB machine up to 16 times before needing to be recharged.
THE FIRST HYDROGEN REFUELLER
To support hydrogen equipment, JCB has developed a mobile hydrogen refuelling unit which allows for easy transportation of hydrogen on site.
JCB’s customers often take fuel to the machines, rather than machines to the fuel – this means a mobile refuelling solution is needed. JCB has developed a mobile hydrogen bowser for our own sites, which can be driven to the machine, allowing refuelling in a similar way to today. It also only takes minutes to fill up, which is comparable with diesel fuels. JCB refuelling units can refuel the JCB hydrogen backhoe loader over a dozen times before needing to be recharged.Read more
HYDROGEN. THE CLEAN POWER
Aside from safety, another of the key benefits of refuelling with hydrogen is its cleanliness.
A common complaint from customers is that when refuelling on site with diesel, it can often get spilled, resulting in a dirty smelly mess with associated safety and environmental concerns. Hydrogen refuelling on the other hand is a safe, clean and a fully sealed process with no chance of fuel spillage.
Building a greener future: Hydrogen
Innovation. That's what JCB has been delivering for over 75 years. Now we're working on hydrogen combustion engines, so that our agricultural and construction machinery can be net zero on carbon emissions.
Out strategy to drive our products to net zero includes multiple approaches. Find out more about our core innovations.