Hydrogen Fueling the Automotive Future? – Hyundai and Kia to Develop Innovations in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems with Gore

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In a world where electric vehicles dominate the conversation around sustainable transportation, Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation are making a strong statement about the enduring potential of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The recent agreement signed with W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) at the Mabuk Eco-Friendly R&D Center in Korea signifies a significant step towards the development of advanced polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) for hydrogen fuel cell systems.

The collaboration between Hyundai Motor, Kia, and Gore is not new; it builds on a partnership spanning over 15 years in the field of fuel cells. This long-standing relationship is now evolving to focus on co-developing an optimal fuel cell system for commercial vehicles, with a specific emphasis on improving performance and durability.

The heart of a hydrogen fuel cell system lies in its PEM, responsible for conducting protons between two electrodes. This technology prevents the direct combination of hydrogen and oxygen gases, allowing selective conduction of protons and generating the electrical current needed to power a vehicle. Therefore, the development of an advanced PEM is crucial in determining the overall performance and durability of the fuel cell system.

The partnership aims to leverage Gore’s expertise in PEM, Catalyst coated Membrane, and MEA technology, combining it with Hyundai Motor and Kia’s advanced fuel cell knowledge. The ultimate goal is to incorporate advanced PEM technology into next-generation fuel cell systems, not only for passenger cars but also for commercial vehicles and non-automotive sectors.

Chang Hwan Kim, Head of Battery Development and Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Development at Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation, emphasized the importance of the collaboration, stating, “We are entering the next chapter of our partnership with Gore.” Kim envisions acquiring advanced fuel cell technology that will position Hyundai Motor and Kia as leaders in the fuel cell electric vehicle market, contributing to the acceleration of a sustainable future.

The collaboration with Gore is a strategic move in Hyundai Motor Group’s 25-year focus on hydrogen technology, culminating in the establishment of the HTWO hydrogen business brand in 2020. This underscores the group’s commitment to expanding its fuel cell business globally across various sectors, including passenger and commercial vehicles, marine vessels, aerospace applications, power generation, and more.

As the automotive industry continues to explore various sustainable energy options, this collaboration reaffirms that hydrogen fuel cell technology remains a contender. By investing in advanced PEM development, Hyundai Motor and Kia, in partnership with Gore, are not just keeping the dream of hydrogen-powered vehicles alive but actively working towards making them a reality. The ongoing efforts showcase a dedication to pushing the boundaries of fuel cell technology, making it a potential player in the diverse landscape of future automobiles.


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