Next Hydrogen will work to make a more economical electrolysis system
Mass-produced affordable hydrogen key to success of fuel cells
Hyundai and Kia are working with a Canadian company to try and help make hydrogen for fuel cells more cost-effective. Next Hydrogen is working to develop its new method to make large-scale hydrogen cheaper and easier, allowing it to become more widely available for cars and trucks to use as fuel.
“We are pleased to partner with Next Hydrogen specializing in state-of-the-art water electrolysis technology. This partnership is another leap forward for our hydrogen business and will be our first step into the alkaline water electrolysis market,” said Jae-Hyuk Oh, Vice President and Head of Energy Business Development Group at Hyundai Motor Group. “We believe our technology will be an excellent match for Next Hydrogen’s technology, and this synergy will help achieve our goal to provide our customers with cost-effective green hydrogen.”
Next uses an alkaline water electrolysis system to produce hydrogen. The method adds an alkali solution to the water that goes into the electrolysis cell stack. This is one of the most efficient ways to separate oxygen and hydrogen in water, but for now, it’s too expensive for mass production.
Hyundai, Kia, and Next are working to advance the technology so that they can lower the cost and produce green hydrogen economically.
Once the hydrogen is extracted, it can be used to power hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Those zero-emissions vehicles use their fuel cells to turn the hydrogen into electricity to power electric motors and can be refuelled in about the same amount of time as a gas-powered car.
A pilot project test is set for next year. If successful, it would produce hydrogen without using any fossil fuels, using only renewable energy. Most hydrogen for fuel cells is currently produced using fossil fuels, negatively affecting the eco-friendliness of the fuel cell.