SEOUL / For the use by non-automotive companies including a Swiss hydrogen solution firm, GRZ Technologies Ltd, Hyundai Motor Company has begun shipping its proprietary fuel cell system to Europe.
With this, the development and mass production of fuel cell systems for vehicles and beyond has reinforced Hyundai’s leadership in this area. To export both fuel cell systems and fuel cell electric vehicles, Hyundai Motor became an automobile manufacturer.
In support of its eco-friendly energy businesses, export of its fuel cell system demonstrates Hyundai’s high technology and production capacity and with fuel cell technology playing a pivotal role, advances its strategy to become a Smart Mobility Solution Provider.
Decades of experience are driving Hyundai Motor’s fuel cell system. Prior to the world’s first mass-produced FCEV, the ix35, in 2013, and the second-generation fuel cell SUV, the NEXO, in 2018, the company introduced its first fuel cell electric vehicle in 2000, the Santa Fe FCEV.
The world’s first mass-produced fuel cell heavy-duty truck–the XCIENT Fuel Cell–of which the first 10 units were successfully shipped to Switzerland recently. For cooperation in hydrogen storage technology, Hyundai Motor and GRZ Technologies have been pushing this since late last year.
With a pressure lower than 30 bar, which is significantly lower than the storage pressure of a normal hydrogen storage tank of 200 to 500 bar, GRZ has the technology to store about five to ten times more hydrogen than before.
Through cooperation between the two companies in the future, it is expected that this technology will be used in various ways. The company plans to produce a stationary power supply system to be used for building electricity at peak times using Hyundai’s fuel cell system. This is based on the fuel cell system used in Hyundai NEXO.
The fuel cell system has also been shipped by Hyundai to an energy solutions startup that manufactures electric generators. Mobile hydrogen generators will be produces by the startup using Hyundai’s system.
“Hyundai’s fuel cell systems offer both diverse applicability and scalability well beyond zero-emissions vehicles,” said Saehoon Kim, Senior Vice President and Head of Fuel Cell Center at Hyundai Motor Group. “By leveraging our system, our partners in mobility, infrastructure and energy can further advance the potential for a comprehensive hydrogen ecosystem.”
To respond to the South Korean government’s Green New Deal policy, Hyundai Motor in July announced a plan for the export of hydrogen fuel cell systems, while steadily seeking to diversify its hydrogen business to secure leadership in the global market.
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