Hydrogen / Ammonia Engines and Turbines

HORIBA has a wide range of products for various gas analysis and can meet customers' measurement needs not only for H2, O2 and NH3 but also for CO, N2O and NOx. We also provide turnkey solutions including building facilities, and undertakes the conversion of existing engine benches to hydrogen engine benches.

Efforts for carbon neutrality using hydrogen are not limited only to fuel cells. Hydrogen is said to be the "ultimate clean energy" because, due to its principle, only water is produced when it is burned and no CO2 is emitted. Hydrogen engines, which use the power of hydrogen combustion to power engines (internal combustion engines) in the fields of automobiles, ships, and power generation, are attracting attention again, especially in Japan and Europe.
Ammonia, which contains no carbon like hydrogen, is also being used as a fuel for ships and power generation engines because it has an energy density 1.7 times that of liquid hydrogen, has excellent storage and transportation efficiency, and can be burned directly.

On the other hand, there is a need to address the issue of hydrogen combustion efficiency (fuel efficiency improvement) and the toxic components that are slightly generated during co-firing.


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Expectations for Hydrogen and Ammonia Engines and Turbines

Hydrogen engines are one of the power sources for automobiles. The parts and development environment of gasoline and diesel engines, as well as a high level of expertise in internal combustion engines, can be diverted and utilized, and there is a possibility that they can be realized at a lower cost than FCEVs. Also, hydrogen as a fuel does not require as high a purity as fuel cells, so it is being considered as a means of hydrogen utilization.
On the other hand, it is necessary to solve various issues such as measures against abnormal combustion and cooling loss due to premature ignition, reduction of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions during high-load operation, and measures against hydrogen embrittlement of the engine.

Particularly in the shipping industry, international efforts are being made to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gases (GHG). International shipping is counted in the International Maritime Organization (IMO), coastal shipping is counted in national emissions, and each country is considering how to respond under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The IMO's long-term goal is to achieve zero GHG emissions from international shipping as early as possible in the 21st century, and against this backdrop, the use of engines and turbines fueled by hydrogen and ammonia is attracting attention in the shipping industry.

Reference link:  Initial IMO GHG Strategy

Update the former engine test lab to accommodate hydrogen engines

Our Unique Measurement & Analysis Technology

Updated the Existing Engine Test Lab to Accommodate Hydrogen Engines

We offer a wide range of solutions by combining the expertise in exhaust gas measurement for internal combustion engines that we have cultivated over many years in response to customer requests and the newly acquired expertise in hydrogen and fuel cell evaluation:
- New installation and remodeling of engine test chambers for the development of hydrogen engines and evaluation of hydrogen blended fuels,
- Provision of hydrogen meters, hydrogen analysis equipment in metals necessary for countermeasures against hydrogen embrittlement,
- Gas measurement in hydrogen-fired and mixed-fired gas turbines, etc.

Fuel Flow Measurement Systems FQ Series

AC Dynamometer DYNAS3

Ultrasonic Exhaust Flow Meter EXFM-ONE

Solid Particle Counting System MEXA-2000SPCS series

Hydrogen Analyzer (Please contact us for details)

Multiple components Exhaust Gas Analyzer FTX-ONE

Engineering Support

Turnkey Solution and Risk Assessment

Many customers are setting up test facilities to handle batteries and hydrogen, but safety measures for batteries and hydrogen need to be taken from a completely different perspective than before.

We will apply our original risk assessment method, which was developed to extract all possible risks and ensure safety and security while minimizing cost and time, to the construction of your test building.

For example, in a fuel cell test laboratory where a large amount of hydrogen is handled, three levels of safety design are applied to prevent the risk of hydrogen leakage: 1) no leakage, 2) no accident in the event of leakage, and 3) minimal damage in the event of an accident.

Please contact us for more information.


Total package of development and experimental building construction for highly efficient operation
(construction, electricity, air conditioning, gas piping, dynamometer, measurement equipment, control system)

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