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Hyundai Motor, Hyundai Electric join forces for H2 fuel cell package development

Seok Cho, President, and CEO of Hyundai Electric and Saehoon Kim, Head of Hyundai Motor Group Fuel Cell Center (Source: Hyundai Motor Company)

Hyundai Motor Company has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems Co. (Hyundai Electric) to develop a hydrogen fuel cell package for mobile power generation.

The MOU signing took place online, joined by Saehoon Kim, Head of Hyundai Motor Group Fuel Cell Center, and Seok Cho, President, and CEO of Hyundai Electric.

The endeavor merges Hyundai Motor's decades-long fuel cell experience and Hyundai Electric's power equipment expertise. Under the MOU, the two parties will develop a hydrogen fuel cell package dedicated to mobile power generators and alternative maritime power (AMP) supply solutions, based on Hyundai Motor's polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) system that is used in Hyundai Motor's fuel cell vehicles.

The new fuel cell-based package system is anticipated to be a game-changer in the mobile generator market, which is currently dominated by diesel generators. Environmentally friendly, distributed power solutions like the one planned can address carbon-neutral electric needs in a variety of industrial sectors such as port facilities, construction sites, and industrial complexes.

Under the pact, Hyundai Motor will supply PEMFC fuel cell systems and provide technical support while Hyundai Electric will develop and commercialize a fuel cell-based power generation package that includes mobile generators and AMP supply systems. Hyundai Electric will also explore a variety of business models for marketing the new package in Korea and abroad.

"This MOU underlines the importance of providing carbon-neutral solutions in power generation applications to accelerate the establishment of a sustainable hydrogen society," said Saehoon Kim, Executive Vice President and the Head of Fuel Cell Center of Hyundai Motor Group.

"Hyundai Motor will continue to expand the potential of hydrogen fuel cell technology beyond mobile applications and into the power generation market."

Author : Moulin Oza
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