Hyundai gears up for fuel cell technology in transport


Hyundai Motors’ fuel cell technology is driving forward with a totally green zero-emission transport for the future. Together with a number of strategic partners, such as service station providers, transport and logistics operators, along with the establishment of Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HHM) and start-up Hydrospider, Europe’s first industrial Hydrogen ecosystem is underway.

Delivery of Hyundai’s first 50 heavy-duty fuel cell trucks is expected in Switzerland next year. Providing the initial green energy source link in the Hydrogen supply chain is the 2MW electrolysis production facility at Alpiq’s Gösgen hydropower plant in Switzerland.

Alpiq is one of the partners coming together with H2 Energy and Linde to form Hydrospider that will spread its wings beyond Switzerland and into Europe with the supply and distribution of the Hydrogen infrastructure.

At the event in Gösgen, attended by Fleet Transport, details of the Hyundai H2 Xcient rigid truck were revealed.Full report and pictures exclusively from the event will feature in the next edition of Fleet Transport.

Three partners – one goal

100% renewable for emission-free mobility

 The Mission:

  • Cost-effective production and distribution of green, climate – friendly hydrogen
  • Green hydrogen supplied by Hydrospider facilities the decarbonisation of commercial heavy-duty vehicles
  • Green hydrogen is the key to a meaningful and effective transformation from fossil fuels to emission-free fuel cell electromobility
  • Providing marketing and sales support to producers of verifiable green hydrogen

First milestone

Switzerland’s first system for the commercial production of hydrogen

Gösgen run-of-river power plant

  • Built 1917, rebuilt 1997-2000
  • 5 Kaplan turbines, 51.3 MW
  • 300 GWh annual production, 80,000 households

TheGösgen hydrogen-project

  • 2 MW electrolysis plants
  • Up to 300 tonnes of hydrogen/year
  • Approx. 40-50 trucks or 1700 cars
  • Into operation: end of 2019

Sector coupling made reality

  • Injection of electricity into the grid in times of high electricity demand
  • Production of hydrogen in times of low electricity demand

Next steps

Further project and logistic infrastructure

  • Development of further projects at other sites
  • On-site production or Greenfield
  • Hydrospider alone or with partner companies
  • Set up of logistics infrastructure to deliver hydrogen to the refuelling stations

Goal:70 MW electrolysis capacity by 2025