Hyundai steps up fuel cell power plant research

Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HHM), the joint venture between Hyundai Motor Company and H2 Energy, formed a partnership with Hydrospider, a joint venture of H2Energy, Alpiq and Linde to promote a green hydrogen ecosystem in Switzerland and other European countries in the upcoming future.

As part of this effort, HHM and Hydrospider held a special ceremony at Alpiq’s hydroelectric power plant in Gösgen, Switzerland, to introduce a new business model for green mobility with fuel cell electric trucks in alignment with Hydrospider’s green hydrogen production and a plan for building up the necessary refuelling infrastructure. Hyundai also provided detailed information about the its next-generation Hyundai H2 Xcient fuel cell electric truck.

As part of this partnership, HHM plans to bring 1,600 fuel cell electric heavy-duty by 2025, marking the entry of the automaker into Europe’s clean mobility commercial vehicle sector. The venture will then offer these fuel cell powered electric trucks in a specially designed green ecosystem to the members of the H2 Mobility Switzerland Association as well as to other transport and logistics companies promoting hydrogen mobility in Switzerland.

HHM will position itself in Europe's fuel cell electric commercial vehicle market as well, where green mobility with strict regulations about carbon emissions are hugely embraced. It will expand its presence further to European countries beyond Switzerland. Currently, there is a strong focus in establishing solutions and partner networks for Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Norway.

For the production of hydrogen and its delivery to the hydrogen refuelling stations, Hydrospider was founded at the beginning of 2019, in which H2E, Linde and Alpiq, the host of the event at the Gösgen plant, participated. The production of hydrogen at Alpiq’s hydroelectric power plant Gösgen will be commissioned from at the end of 2019. The power plant itself has been in operation for over 100 years, having been built in 1917 and rebuilt between 1997 and 2000.

HHM, Hydrospider, and dedicated members of the H2 Mobility Switzerland Association are jointly creating the infrastructure for fuel cell truck mobility solutions with a strong business case. These players are dedicated to solve the chicken & egg dilemma and demonstrate both the economic and ecologic viability of commercial fuel cell truck mobility.

The supply of a fleet of fuel cell electric trucks to Switzerland marks Hyundai’s first expansion of its FCEV leadership into the eco-friendly commercial vehicle sector.

The H2 XCIENT truck has been developed according to European regulations. It features a new 190 kW hydrogen fuel cell system with two 95 kW fuel cell stacks connected in parallel. It delivers a single-fuelling travel range of more around 400 km. It carries seven large hydrogen tanks with the storage capacity of almost 35kg.

Hyundai’s fuel cell electric trucks will be available to its Swiss customers, starting with dedicated members of the H2 Mobility Switzerland Association.

Read about fuel cell initiatives in California here.

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Source: engineerlive.com

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