Hyundai auto group ships fuel cell systems to non-automotive companies in Europe

By Lim Chang-won Posted : September 16, 2020, 08:35 Updated : September 16, 2020, 08:35

[Courtesy of Hyundai Motor]

SEOUL -- South Korea's Hyundai auto group began shipping its proprietary fuel cell system that would be used by non-automotive companies in Europe to produce a stationary power supply system and mobile generators, reinforcing the group's push for accelerating a hydrogen society.

With the fuel cell system, GRZ Technologies, a Swiss firm with hydrogen storage technology, would produce a stationary power supply system for building electricity at peak times. An unnamed energy solution startup would produce mobile hydrogen generators.

"Hyundai’s fuel cell systems offer both diverse applicability and scalability well beyond zero-emissions vehicles," Kim Sae-hoon, head of the auto group's fuel cell center, said in a statement. "By leveraging our system, our partners in mobility, infrastructure and energy can further advance the potential for a comprehensive hydrogen ecosystem."

Because of its eco-friendly characteristics, fuel cells are considered the next-generation renewable power source. Fuel cells produce heat, electricity and water through a thermochemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. Hyundai is pushing for a hydrogen business value chain to popularize fuel cell cars, heavy-duty trucks, construction equipment, trains, ships and generators.

The auto group aims to produce 700,000 fuel cell systems a year for automobiles as well as for non-automotive sectors by 2030. The Seoul government has adopted hydrogen fuel cells and electric batteries as a mainstream fuel in the future with a roadmap to produce 6.2 million fuel cell vehicles for domestic consumption and exports by 2040.
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