Hyundai is trying to popularize hydrogen fuel in a big way. And while every automobile company does things to further its profit chart, there is more at stake here than just big monies. Hydrogen fuel can turn into a very sustainable fuel for the future, not just cars, because of the sheer abundance of the element hydrogen on planet Earth.
And Hyundai is planning to channelize this, in a big way. According to a press release, the Hyundai Motor Group has announced Hydrogen Vision 2040, a step-by-step program to popularize hydrogen fuel in a big way, keeping 2040 in mind.
Earlier this month, at the Hydrogen Wave global online forum, Hyundai presented a point program through which it plans to popularize hydrogen fuel, beginning with cars and automobiles and moving on to bigger things like power needed for homes and even industries. It may sound like a grand plan but with the industries best putting their mind to it the power problem that Planet is facing may be resolved sooner than expected.
But what exactly is hydrogen power, and why is Hyundai wanting to popularize hydrogen fuel? Let’s get into the science behind hydrogen and how it can fuel up more than just your car…
Hydrogen Fuel Is Clean Power
The first thing to note is that hydrogen is very abundant on our planet, locked in water, hydrocarbons, and other organic matter. To harvest hydrogen, one can tap into fossil fuels or biomass, but also use water electrolysis via wind, solar or grid-power electricity. So while it is clean, its harvesting is what will decide the environmental impact.
Once you harvest hydrogen, it can be turned into power-producing fuel cells, that can produce electricity, minus emissions, as long as there is a constant source of hydrogen in it.
These fuel cells can power up cars, to begin with. The fuel in itself is nothing but hydrogen, likely to take the same amount of fuelling time it takes to fuel a gasoline car. Since the “engine” aka the fuel cell has no combustion or moving parts, oil changes will turn into ancient history. It’s also twice as efficient, so if a full tank of gas can take your car 300 miles, hydrogen fuel will take it 600. Reason enough to popularize hydrogen fuel, right?
And there’s more. Hydrogen fuel can then power entire buildings, homes, portable electronic devices, and since they are grid-independent, can also act as backup supplies, as well as find use in data centers, hospitals, emergency systems, and even the military.
How Does Hyundai Plan To Popularize Hydrogen Fuel
The Chairman of Hyundai Motor Group, Euisun Chung, and other senior executives gave an online presentation of their multi-pronged plan earlier this month, and outlined how they plan to popularize hydrogen fuel for not just mobility, but also in other areas.
A notable point is that Hyundai plans to popularize hydrogen fuel by becoming the first automaker to run its commercial vehicle lineup solely on hydrogen power, by 2028.
CM Chung further said, “Hyundai Motor Group’s vision is to apply hydrogen energy in all areas of life and industry such as our homes, workplaces, and factories. The goal is to make hydrogen readily used for everyone, everything, and everywhere.” He continued by saying, “We want to offer practical solutions for the sustainable development of humanity, and with these breakthroughs, we aim to help foster a worldwide Hydrogen Society by 2040.”
Hyundai’s Point-Plan To Popularize Hydrogen Fuel
Hyundai also listed out how it’s going to focus more on hydrogen power via targeted point plans. By 2023, it will launch the next-generation hydrogen fuel cell system in 100kW and 200kW variations, and also reduce currents costs of similar technologies by 50%, doubling power output and reducing the volume by another 30%. If that does not popularize hydrogen fuel, nothing truly can, because Hyundai has decided to go with hydrogen in a big way.
Along with announcing that by 2028, all its commercial vehicles will run on hydrogen, it also said that by 2030, its hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) will match the price of a comparable battery electric vehicle (BEV). Hyundai also introduced future concepts running on hydrogen fuel like the Trailer Drone, a high-performance sports car, and fuel cell-equipped vehicles for emergency relief and rescue missions.
Finally, Hyundai also plans to further apply and popularize hydrogen fuel by using it to power homes, buildings, and even powerplants, providing viable and renewable energy sources that have little to nothing impact on the environment. It is, of course, a grand plan. And not something that will happen overnight, or could be done by Hyundai alone. But innovation is the need of the day today, and if we want to renew the planet itself, one big step would be to popularize hydrogen fuel.
As CM Chung said it best, “By developing advanced technologies and innovative systems – as well as encouraging close collaboration between public and private sectors across the globe – it is possible to make this sustainable vision a reality for all.”
Sources: HyundaiNews, Energy.Gov
There is every possibility that one day, hydrogen will be better than electric.
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