Hyundai announces new green H2 tech
Will take advantage of big U.S. incentives for the fuel
Hyundai is still all-in on hydrogen to power vehicles. The company revealed its new vision for the fuel source, including the development of green hydrogen production and turning poop into gas that can then power your wheels.
“At Hyundai, we believe that science and humanity are two sides of the same coin; that advanced technology should also make people’s lives better,” said Jay Chang, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor Company. “Clean hydrogen should be for everyone, powering everything, and available everywhere.”
The automaker said it has been at the forefront of H2 for nearly half of its existence. The company built the first mass-produced fuel cell EV, and says it has the highest market share in the hydrogen-powered business.
At CES, Hyundai announced that it is developing megawatt-scale polymer electrolyte membrane tech. This new system is expected to be commercialized in the next few years and will allow for green hydrogen production and more affordable hydrogen.
It is also working on Waste-to-Hydrogen and Plastic-to-Hydrogen. The former ferments organic waste including food and manure and turns it into biogas that can be treated to produce hydrogen. P2H melts waste plastics and removes everything but the hydrogen. Hyundai is already working to establish W2H in Indonesia.
At its own new EV plant in Georgia, Hyundai plans to use fuel cell heavy trucks for logistics. It is collaborating with other industries in the state to grow a hydrogen network there.
A $7 billion U.S. federal effort is helping the automaker, as well as others working on H2. The money is being spent to build seven regional hydrogen hubs, attempting to make the fuel more available and more economical in those areas. Hydrogen fuel cells combine the element with O2 from the air to generate electricity and water. There are zero local emissions, and the vehicle can be re-fuelled in the same time as a gas car, without the need for a large EV battery.