Hyundai Motor aims to commercialize hydrogen fuel cells for marine vessels


Hyundai Motor Company has signed an MOU with Hyundai Global Service to develop and commercialize hydrogen fuel cell systems.

The MOU represents a watershed moment for Hyundai Motor because it is the company’s first strategic cooperation involving the deployment of its fuel cell system technology in the shipbuilding industry, ushering in a new era of seafaring vessels.

The collaboration will also serve as a platform for identifying and evaluating economic potential for fuel cell-powered ships, establishing Hyundai Motor as a global leader in the development of hydrogen fuel-cell propulsion systems.

Hyundai Motor will provide fuel cell systems and technical assistance, while Hyundai Global Service will manufacture and market fuel cell-based propulsion systems. Korean Register will be in charge of developing type approval standards that all fuel cell-powered vessels of all sizes must meet in order to be approved for commercial usage.

The collaborative effort seeks to create a splash in the green vessel market in the second half of 2022, starting with a small-scale model. The three partners will focus on developing and introducing propulsion systems for mid- to large-sized vessels in the mid- to long-term.

Arnes Biogradlija
Creative Content Director at EnergyNews.Biz

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