Mazda Motor Corporation has received approval from the Japanese government to operate a hydrogen-gas filling station as it continues its development of the world’s first dual-fuel rotary engine, the H2RE (Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE). The new facility will store and supply fuel for the hydrogen-rotary powered vehicles and Mazda looks likely to have street-legal versions in use within the next two years.
The novel concept appeared as part of the Mazda display at the International Detroit Motor Show in January, and builds on the colossal worldwide success of the Mazda RX-8 four-door coupé. The H2RE is powered by a modified version of Mazda's award-winning RENESIS rotary engine and features an electronically controlled hydrogen direct injection system on the rotor housing.
The hydrogen/rotary combination also offers superior environmental performance - zero CO2 emissions and near zero NOx emissions. In addition, the innovative engine can be built reliably at a relatively low cost because existing parts and production facilities are utilised. More importantly, the hydrogen/gasoline dual fuel system will enable the H2RE to travel beyond the range of the few hydrogen filling stations now available.
Mazda will continue to develop this technology for practical use and work to support the development of a hydrogen-fuelled society.Published 9 March 2005