Hyundai To Export Fuel Cell Systems To Europe
Hyundai Motor Company has begun shipping its proprietary fuel cell system to Europe for use by non-automotive companies, including a Swiss hydrogen solution firm, GRZ Technologies Ltd.
Hyundai says that it and GRZ Technologies have been pushing for cooperation in hydrogen storage technology since late last year and that GRZ has the technology to store about five to ten times more hydrogen than previously, with a pressure lower than 30 bar – significantly lower than the storage pressure of a normal hydrogen storage tank of 200 to 500 bar. It is expected that this technology will be used in various ways through cooperation between the two companies in the future.
Using Hyundai’s fuel cell system, the company plans to produce a stationary power supply system to be used for building electricity at peak times. The fuel cell system is based on the one used in the Hyundai NEXO.
Hyundai says that export of its fuel cell system demonstrates the company’s high technology and production capacity in support of eco-friendly energy businesses and advances its strategy to become a Smart Mobility Solution Provider with fuel cell technology playing a pivotal role.
In automotive terms, the company introduced its first fuel cell electric vehicle in 2000, the Santa Fe FCEV, followed by the world’s first mass-produced FCEV, the ix35, in 2013, and the second-generation fuel cell SUV, the NEXO, in 2018. Recently, the company successfully shipped the first 10 units of the XCIENT Fuel Cell, the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell heavy-duty truck, to Switzerland.
In December 2018, Hyundai Motor Group announced its long-term roadmap, ‘Fuel Cell Vision 2030’ and as part of this plan, the company aims to secure a 700,000-unit-a-year production capacity of fuel cell systems for vehicles as well as for non-automotive sectors such as vessels, rail cars, drones and power generators by 2030.
12 October 2020