Hydrogen-Fueled Spark Ignition Engines

Sebastian Verhelst, James W. G. Turner

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

3 Scopus citations


Hydrogen is most easily used as combustion engine fuel in a spark ignition engine. This chapter starts from the properties of hydrogen and hydrogen mixtures to present the various options for running spark ignition engines on hydrogen, reviewing the power density potential, emissions and efficiency. This is then linked to past and present research and development of hydrogen fueled vehicles, before concluding with the most promising emerging markets.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHydrogen for Future Thermal Engines
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9783031284113
StatePublished - Jul 15 2023

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2023-08-07
Acknowledgements: The authors wish to thank the numerous projects that allowed them to investigate hydrogen as a fuel for combustion engines, and the resulting discussions with colleagues working on them too. In particular, the BEST project—Belgian Energy SysTem, supported by the Energy Transition Fund of the Federal Public Service of Economy, SMEs, Self-Employed and Energy, is acknowledged. So is the CHyPS project—Clean Hydrogen Propulsion for Ships, supported by the Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VLAIO), and the Baekeland Ph.D. scholarship awarded by VLAIO and co-sponsored by Anglo Belgian Corporation nv. (Baekeland HBC.2019.2574) as well as general fundamental hydrogen combustion projects supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and Saudi Aramco Research and Development Center.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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