Hyundai Motor Company has expanded its partnership with the US Department of Energy (DOE) in order to support the DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Programme.
The extended partnership will see the two parties assess the current status of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies’ as well as address the challenges.
Hyundai has said that it aims to increase technical collaboration to better understand challenges and to collect and publish independently validated data from demonstrating fuel cell technologies and hydrogen infrastructure.
As part of the extended collaboration, Hyundai will provide five Hyundai NEXO fuel cell vehicles to the DOE and will also support the installation of a SimpleFuel hydrogen unit from PDC Machines in Washington D.C. this fall.
Data from the vehicles and the station will be collected, analysed and published to identify additional research needs in key areas such as durability, performance and reliability.
“Hyundai Motor Company is proud to partner with and support the DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Programme as part of our commitment in supporting the transition to clean energy,” said Euisun Chung, Hyundai Motor Group Executive Vice Chairman.
“With the potential for application across multiple industries, we firmly believe that our hydrogen fuel cells are necessary for a sustainable future. We are delighted that our technologies can help the US DOE as it continues to explore the future potential of hydrogen.”
“The Trump Administration is committed to utilising every source of energy to ensure America’s transportation needs and challenges are aptly met and resolved,” said Mark Menezes, Ender Secretary of Energy.
“To meet this commitment, it is essential that we collaborate with industry. We are pleased to partner with Hyundai to help advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies and ensure our nations sustainable transportation future.”
The collaboration will provide the DOE managers and the national laboratories with access to data from real-world operation of hydrogen and fuel cell applications and help guide future DOE research and development.
SimpleFuel® combines electrolyser production, PDC compression, onboard storage, controls, safety, and dispensing in one small package. The SimpleFuel® hydrogen refueling appliance is a joint development between IVYS Energy Solutions and PDC Machines.
This partnership will provide DOE managers and the national laboratories access to data from real-world operation of hydrogen and fuel cell applications and help guide future DOE research and development.
The idea behind the SimpleFuel® hydrogen refueling appliance came out of DOE’s H-Prize H2Refuel competition. This competition encouraged American innovators to develop small-scale hydrogen generation systems to refuel forklifts or vehicles at community centers, businesses, and other locations that don’t have readily available hydrogen stations nearby.
The H-Prize H2Refuel winners, IVYS Energy Solutions and PDC Machines, have been rapidly deploying the American-designed and manufactured technology on a global scale to refuel on-road vehicles and material handling equipment.
“It is an honour to be selected for this showcase application in the D.C. area,” said Kareem Afzal, Vice-President of PDC Machines. “With our partners at IVYS, the team is aggressively commercialising this novel, compact and robust technology to client partners in the US, Asia, Australia, and Europe. We are building a healthy backlog of orders and are ready for scale. PDC has invested in a 3rd manufacturing facility to more than double our production capacity in Warminster, PA as a demonstration of our belief that the hydrogen economy is accelerating. We look forward to executing this exciting project.”